Durbin thinks Illinois prison will be sold soon

March 28, 2011

by City Room

Illinois U.S. Senator Dick Durbin says he thinks the federal government is very close to reaching a deal with Illinois to buy an under-used prison. The state is trying to sell a maximum security prison in Thomson, Illinois.

Durbin told reporters the deal makes sense.

"The federal government needs more prison space. The State of Illinois has a surplus prison. It works," Durbin said.

Durbin wouldn't say how much the prison would cost. Federal officials originally looked at the prison to house detainees being held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, but they have since backed off that plan.