Springfield….State Representative Terri Bryant (R-Murphysboro) earned unanimous support from the Illinois House for her legislation that creates a Task Force to study the reopening and repurposing of the shuttered Tamms Correctional Center’s Minimum Security facility.
Bryant is the chief sponsor of HB 210, legislation she shares with 118th district State Rep. Patrick Windhorst.
“I want to thank Representative Windhorst for joining me in sponsoring this important effort,” Bryant said. “Reopening and re-purposing the Minimum Security facility in Tamms could be helpful in reducing our crowded prison population, and would provide badly needed, good paying jobs for Southern Illinoisans
Representative Bryant has been a strong advocate for reopening the Minimum Security facility in Tamms since before I started running for office. There are very powerful forces that closed the super max, and I want everyone to know that this Task Force will not be studying reopening the super max.”
“I am pleased that my House colleagues are able to see how well the Murphysboro reopening and re-purposing has gone, and that a Task Force to take a serious look at overall impact of reopening the minimum security facility at Tamms just makes sense,” Bryant said.
Bryant says that the Tamms Minimum Security Task Force will be made up of 2 members of the House and Senate, the Director of Corrections, a representative of AFSCME, an appointee of the President of Shawnee Community College, an appointee of the President of Southern Illinois University, the Mayor of Tamms, and a member of the Alexander County board.
Co-sponsor Rep. Patrick Windhorst (R-Metropolis) says the task force will study the possibility of reopening the facility, its cost, and the economic impact the action could have.
“The goal of the task force will be to study the regional impact that the facility closures had on Southern Illinois, and to study the feasibility of reopening the shuttered minimum-security facility,” Windhorst said. “Reopening Tamms’ minimum-security facility could help alleviate overcrowding, make our correctional officers safer, and provide good paying jobs to an area that has been economically devastated.”
Having earned unanimous approval from the House, HB 210 now moves to the Senate for consideration.