Thomson Prison Warden Named

August  18, 2014

      The long effort to open the prison in Thomson, Illinois has moved ahead one small, but important step. Today the Federal Bureau of Prisons announced the hiring of a warden.

      The announcement came during a public meeting at the prison in Carroll County hosted by Illinois US Senator Dick Durbin and Congresswoman Cheri Bustos, along with the Bureau of Prisons director, Charles Samuels. The new warden is Donald Hudson who's worked for the bureau since 1990, most recently as the warden at a federal prison in Pennsylvania.

      The hiring of Hudson and other top staff was made possible by a $53 million appropriation in this year's budget for the activation of Thomson.  Durbin says the appointments mean there will be a Bureau of Prisons "presence" in Thomson every day, and high ranking officials available for local residents. 

      The full activation of Thomson prison is expected to take two years at a cost of $25 million for upgrades and renovations and approximately $170 million for equipment and staffing.