Illinois prisons are overcrowded but if the Chicago Boss wants one of their prisons for his pet project they can bend the facts to make them fit. This is from the Christian Science Monitor via Yahoo.
Sterling, Ill. – Federal and state officials faced a vociferous public and skeptical state legislators here Tuesday at a public hearing on the proposal to transfer Guantánamo Bay detainees to the Thompson Correctional Center in northwest Illinois.
Three issues dominated the debate: whether or not the state will lose money in selling the correctional center to the federal government, whether giving up an underused facility was wise given the overcrowding in the state’s prisons, and finally, whether the safety of Illinois residents is at stake in housing terror suspects in their backyards.
“We’re talking about bringing terrorists to Illinois,” said state Sen. Bill Brady (R). He was one of several who chastised state officials such as Illinois Department of Corrections Director Michael P. Randle with “doubletalk” in suggesting the state prison was at average capacity while at the same time endorsing an early release program for 200 prisoners to shore up bed space. ed emphasis