Springfield – Dwight prison will close by March 31st, after a complicated move of hundreds of inmates, including the temporary placement of 5 hundred inmates housed in gyms.
The closure of the maximum-security women's prison will empty the Logan Correctional Center in Lincoln, of all male inmates. That prison will become the new woman's prison. A transport of one thousand women and men between the Logan and Lincoln prisons is on the calendar for March 12.
The closure of Dwight prison is part of Gov. Pat Quinn's plan to help with the current budget crisis in the state. Tamms security prison also closed on January 4th of this year.
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