U.S. Senate Committee approves Thomson Prison funding

By WEEK Reporter

July 18, 2013 Updated Jul 18, 2013 at 10:43 PM CDT

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The shuttered federal prison at Thomson, Illinois is another step closer to opening.

The Senate Appropriations Committee, Thursday, authorized spending $25-million to reactivate the prison.

Thomson was built by the State of Illinois, but never completely opened.

It's purchase by the Federal Government was blocked after the Obama administration said it wanted to move Guantanamo Bay prisoners there from Cuba.

Even after that move was banned by law, some members of Congress objected to the purchase, and finally the prison was bought by Presidential order.

The action today would buy prison beds.

More funding is needed to bring the lock-up to federal standards.

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