Lawmakers discuss the future of Thomson prison

By WEEK Producer

Lawmakers discuss the future of Thomson prison

August 1, 2013 Updated Aug 1, 2013 at 2:43 PM CDT

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Progress is being made on the activation of Thomson prison.

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) and U.S. Representative Cheri Bustos (IL-17) met Thursday with the Director of the Department of Justice’s Bureau of Prisons to discuss the issue.

On July 18, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved $166.3 million to begin the activation of Thomson prison and two other prisons, acquire 1,000 private contract beds and to expand a program to reduce recidivism rates.

“Today, Congresswoman Bustos and I met with Director Samuels, who assured us that the Department of Justice is also moving forward in this process. Activating Thomson prison will not only help relieve overcrowding in our prison system, but also bring much-needed jobs and economic growth to communities in Northern Illinois,” Durbin said.

The full activation of Thomson prison is expected to take two years.