Bustos applauds step forward on staffing at Thomson Prison

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) released the following statement on the news that the Bureau of Prisons has begun the process of finding staff for Thomson prison.

“Communities across our region of Illinois have spent over a decade thirsting for today’s great news. The opening of Thomson prison will not only alleviate overcrowding of our prison system, but it will create over a thousand local jobs and be an economic shot in the arm to a region that continues to struggle with high unemployment.”

Last month, Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Bustos 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.