A new report bashes the state’s consolidation of its female prison population at the Logan Correctional Center. Most of the state’s female inmates were moved to Logan after Dwight Correctional Center was closed in 2013. The Quinn administration promised the move would save money and increase efficiency. John Maki, executive director of the John Howard Association, which released the report, says nothing positive has come of the consolidation.
“I don’t think any of those goals have been realized yet,” Maki said. “Now, we can do that, but we have to significantly reduce the population. That’s really our only option now.”
Maki says the Logan prison is housing more than 800 inmates above its designed capacity, which has resulted in some prisoners being set up on bunk beds in the prison gymnasium. Up to 70 inmates have been housed in the gym, even though they have access to only two bathrooms, well below minimum standards outlined in state law.
The report recommends the General Assembly provide more money to the Illinois Department of Corrections so the Logan facility can add more employees and upgrade the facility.