The Illinois Department of Corrections says all inmates have been removed from Tamms Supermax Prison. The department says as of Friday, all inmates have been transferred from Tamms Prison and from halfway houses in Carbondale, Chicago and Decatur to other facilities. The last day of operations for the facilities is Jan. 4, 2013.
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Laurie Jo Reynolds with the group Tamms Year Ten has been working to close the Supermax prison. “If there’s one thing that family members are celebrating the most it’s the possibility of seeing their sons and parents and brothers and nephews and uncles again,” Reynolds said. The remote location of Tamms made visitation difficult. Even when visitation was possible, inmates were separated from their visitors and could only communicate through a phone. Reynolds says the now former Tamms inmates will likely have opportunities to earn contact visitation, something never allowed at Tamms.
The Department of Corrections says all staff members have been offered positions within the department and the department is still in the process of determining the closure timeline for the correctional center in Dwight.