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Tracy calls for Tamms Prison to be reopened

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QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) - It's been more than a year since Tamms Correctional Center was shut down by Illinois Governor Pat Quinn. Now some local lawmakers are calling for it to be re-opened.

State Representative and Lt. Governor Candidate Jil Tracy held a press conference Monday morning to point out the flaws in the state Department of Corrections system.

Governor Quinn's plan to shut down Tamms was meant to save money, but instead Tracy says there's been a 35 percent increase in overtime costs.

"The whole purpose of Tamms was defeated with this cost-saving measure and as a result, we're seeing 20 percent increase in assaults at the other facilities where these inmates have been put into," Tracy said. "It's just unacceptable."

Proponents of Quinn's decision cited inhumane conditions at Tamms. If re-opened, Tracy says proper management would be in the forefront.

"Some people say that some of the conditions of segregation were not done in a humane manner and certainly we would make sure that the proper management would treat these inmates in a humane fashion," Tracy said. "Nevertheless, it would be a place where you can send the worst of the worst criminals and manage prison population better."

Due to a string of scandals under his management, Tracy is also calling for the firing of Salvador "Tony" Godinez, the director of the Illinois Department of Corrections.

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