Gov. Pat Quinn says safe working conditions in prisons remain a top priority. Quinn’s comments come after concerns about six Illinois prisons that are setting up temporary housing for inmates because of expected overcrowding with the closure of some facilities, such as the women’s prison in Dwight.
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“We’re always concerned about making sure we have safety, public safety on our streets and safety in our prisons, and our director works on that all the time,” Quinn said. Gymnasiums will be used to house inmates at prisons in Canton, Centralia, Danville, Hillsboro, Vandalia and Vienna. But Quinn says a new law will help alleviate the overcrowding at prisons. The law allows well-behaved prisoners to shave time off of their sentence.