Quinn’s efforts to close prisons put on lockdown
Closure of Dwight prison among those delayed by judge’s order
(MCT) — A southern Illinois judge has issued a temporary halt to Gov. Pat Quinn’s plan to close several prisons and juvenile justice facilities.
The ruling came at the request of the state’s largest employee union, which asked Alexander County Circuit Judge Charles Cavaness to block the closures. The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees argued that the closures would put prison employees’ safety at risk, citing already crowded conditions at prisons across the state.
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