Thomson Prison Update

August  01, 2013

     The federal government is working on plans to open the Thomson prison. That was the message today from the Bureau of Prisons to Illinois US Senator Dick Durbin and 17th District Representative Cheri Bustos from East Moline. They met in Washington with the Bureau's director, Charles Samuels.

     That follows approval in July by the Senate Appropriations Committee of funding in next year's budget to prepare the former state prison in Carroll County for federal prisoners.  Durbin and Bustos say the Bureau of Prisons and the Obama Administration remain committed to opening and operating the prison.

     Funding has NOT yet been approved by the full Senate, and by the House. 

     Full "activation" of the Thomson prison is expected to take two years at a cost of $25 million next year (fy 2014) for upgrades and renovations, and $168 million the following year (fy 2015) for equipment and staffing.  Last fall the federal government bought the prison from the state for use as a maximum-security prison to alleviate overcrowding in the federal prison system. 



(photo (l to r): Cheri Bustos, Bureau of Prisons director Charles Samuels, and Dick Durbin)