The Department of Corrections agreed in court Wednesday to stop the transfer of inmates out of facilities that are slated to be closed. The agreement came as a judge in Cairo heard arguments on the request by the prison workers’ union to halt the transfer, pending resolution of a lawsuit to prevent the prison closures.
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“Our goal in court today was to halt the transfer of inmates being recklessly reshuffled, reclassified and moved among already overcrowded prisons statewide,” said Anders Lindall, spokesman for the union AFSCME, which represents prison employees. The governor’s office says the state is sticking with its closure plans but agreed to stop the transfer for nine days, until the next court date on Aug. 17, at which time the judge might rule on the union’s request for a temporary restraining order on the transfer of inmates.
Ultimately, the union is seeking a permanent injunction against the closure of the facilities. The agreement applies to the prisons at Dwight and Tamms, the adult transition centers in Carbondale, Chicago and Decatur and youth centers in Joliet and Murphysboro.