Gov. Pat Quinn said Wendesday he’s willing to consider reallocating money to avoid a prison closing. Seven state facilities including a central Illinois prison might close because of a lack of state funds.
But Quinn said the money to keep the prison open must come from re-allocation, and that he won’t borrow cash.
“The bottom line is we can’t just sit here and hope for the best. The fiscal year is a quarter over now and we have to make the economies necessary to get through the fiscal year,” Quinn said.
Quinn’s threats have sparked fears of over-crowding in other prisons. The other threatened facilities include a youth prison and facilities for those with mental illness and disability.
“We’re not going to have as many institutions in the future,” Quinn said. “We’re going to have much more emphasis on community care, which is more economical and in many cases many people feel is more humane.”