(AP) -- Members of Illinois media organizations have been invited to tour the Vienna Correctional
Center in southern Illinois.
The Illinois Department of Corrections sent the invitation Friday. It
comes as Gov. Pat Quinn appeared to be backing away from his position that
media visits to Illinois
prisons are a security risk. The Vienna
tour is Nov. 30. Prison officials have said the tours will consider the safety
and security of staff, inmates and visitors.
The Associated Press and other news media outlets have been denied tour
requests as Quinn tries to close two prisons to save money despite historic
overcrowding of the state's prisons.
Despite making assertions about security, the department recently
allowed a group of criminal justice students from Heartland
Community College in Normal
to tour the prison in Pontiac.