Thomson Correctional Center

How does a state spend $140 million on a prison it will never afford to open? In 1999, Illinois began construction of the $140 million Thomson Correctional Center, completed in November 2001. It never opened because the state didn’t have the money. Now the federal government is buying it for $165 million. That’s great for Illinois, but  why was this built in the first place? Today, Gov. Pat Quinn is trying to close state prisons.

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