A major upgrade is coming to the state of Illinois' detention facility in Rushville.
Illinois State Senator John Sullivan announced Tuesday that the Department of Human Services Treatment and Detention Facility will receive $13 million to add space for nearly 300 additional inmates.
The facility was designed to hold 482 detainees and is currently housing 507, Sullivan said. The first phase of the expansion, scheduled for late February or early March, will add space for 96 detainees. The second phase will add room for an additional 192.
"The state's facilities in Rushville are in desperate need of expansion, and the jobs created by a construction project like this will undoubtedly help the region's economy," Sullivan said in a news release.
The Rushville facility is the state of Illinois' only detention center that houses those classified as Sexually Violent Persons. A Sexually Violent Person is someone convicted of a violent sex crime and who has been found to have a mental disorder. They also are likely to commit future acts of sexual violence if released and are detained to protect the public as well as for treatment.
"During construction of the Rushville TDF we need to ensure the safety and treatment of residents and employees while at the same time protect the communities that house them," Sullivan said.
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