Prison watchdog group says Dwight closure led to more overcrowding

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SPRINGFIELD - A Chicago-based prison watchdog group John Howard Association says the closure of Dwight Correction Center has resulted in more overcrowding in state correctional facilities.

According to a report from the association, nearly 2,000 inmates are being housed at the Logan Correctional Center, which was designed to hold about 1,100 inmates.

The group also says the closure has failed to generate any meaningful cost savings.  The Dwight Correction Center was closed by Governor Pat Quinn last year as a cost-cutting move.

Officials with the Illinois Department of Corrections say the state's financial troubles have created challenges, but that the transfer of inmates to Logan Correctional Center has been a "relatively smooth transition."
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