The Iowa Republican: New economic development strategy -- Move terrorists next door
Excerpted from this post at The Iowa Republican
For almost ten years, a brand new, state of the art, maximum security
prison located between Thomson and Savannah, Illinois has remained
largely empty. The state of Illinois built the facility to replace one
of its aging maximum security prisons. After its construction, the
state lacked the resources to open and operate the facility.
Currently, only the 200-bed minimum-security unit is open. The 1600
cell maximum security prison remains empty. So instead of housing the
state's most dangerous criminals, the state heats and cools the
building, opens and shuts the cell doors, and flushes the toilets once
a week. In 2004, those activities cost the state $800,000 a year.