SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- The era of the
notorious Tamms "supermax" prison ended Friday as the last five
inmates housed there were packed up and moved.
The transfer of the five to Pontiac Correctional
Center ended a nearly 15-year Illinois experiment with
the high-security prison. The facility isolated the "worst of the
worst" inmates from the rest of the inmate population and kept them in
their cells 23 hours a day.
Gov. Pat Quinn's administration says the
prison is too costly to run. Officials moved swiftly over the past nine days to
move the final 140 Tamms inmates after the state Supreme Court ruled that a
court order preventing the closure be lifted.
Four dozen inmates from the Tamms
minimum-security facility moved to Sheridan
prison Friday as well, emptying that unit.