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The following announcement came Thursday evening regarding the Thomson prison:

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] – U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) and U.S. Representative Cheri Bustos (IL-17) today announced that the Department of Justice's Bureau of Prisons has committed $53.7 million in funding to the activation of Thomson Correctional Center in Thomson, Illinois.  The funding was approved by Congress in January as part of the Omnibus Appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2014.

Of this funding, $10 million is designated for renovation while $43.7 million will be used for staffing and equipment purchases and upgrades.  The full activation of Thomson prison is expected to take two years at a cost of $25 million for upgrades and renovations and approximately $170 million for equipment and staffing. 

 The prison was built in 2001 but never fully opened due to a lack of state funding. Illinois sold the prison to the federal government in 2012, but funding to bring it up to federal prison standards was tied up in Congress. Durbin says the federal government's operation of Thomson is expected to provide a major boost to the local economy and create more than 1,100 jobs.

 

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