State report recommends closing Logan Correctional Center

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LINCOLN, Ill. (WCIA) — The Illinois Department of Corrections may be changing its plans to shut down a facility in Logan County.

In March, Governor Pritzker’s office announced spending $7 million to tear down and rebuild Stateville and Logan Correctional Center.

In a report to Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability last week, the agency has changed its recommendation.

“As the Department’s planning has progressed, the current preferred plan for Logan is to build on available ground at Stateville Correctional Center in Crest Hill, Illinois,” the report said. “A move to Crest Hill would permit a more regionalized approach for the women’s facilities by providing a northern facility to pair with the already centrally located facility in Decatur.”

Illinois plans to tear down, rebuild Logan & Stateville prison

The report estimates it would take $116 million of repairs to keep the correctional facility operational long-term.

More than 450 employees would be affected by the closure of Logan Correctional Center, but the department estimates approximately 850 positions for other facilities within 90 miles from Logan.

Logan Correctional Center is the largest women’s penitentiary in the state. It holds around 70% of the women in IDOC custody.

The full report can be viewed here.

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