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Thomson Prison Funding Advances

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The doors of Thomson Prison may open sooner than expected. 

A Senate appropriations committee approved more than $166 million to re-activate the prison in Thomson, Illinois. 
     
The prison was built in 2001 but never fully opened due to lack of funding. The Federal Government purchased the facility last October and plans to re-open it as a Federal facility. 

"What it means is there will be some $25 million available as soon as the fiscal year begins Oct. 1 for construction at Thomson said Sen. Dick Durbin, (D) Ill. "We're gonna start building this federal prison so we can create good paying construction jobs and long term employment for people in the area," He added.

"We're talking about 1,100 jobs," said Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (D) Ill.  "We're talking about an annual economic impact of $200 million once this gets up and running."

The prison needs upgrades to bring it up to federal standards before it can open. Click here for more information on the Federal Bureau of Prisons.