Two Illinois prisons that were set to shut down by the end of this week will stay open for now. The Quinn administration has put the closure plans on hold while a court fight continues over the move.
The Associated Press obtained a letter from the Department of Corrections, directing workers at the Tamms Supermax and Dwight women’s prisons to stay on the job for now. The letter says there has been a “temporary delay” in plans to close the facilities and move the inmate population to other prisons.
The state and AFSCME are in arbitration over the move, which the union says will endanger inmates and staff.