WBEZ | supermax prison http://www.wbez.org/tags/supermax-prison Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Moms support closure of Illinois supermax prison http://www.wbez.org/news/criminal-justice/moms-support-closure-illinois-supermax-prison-97912 <p><p>A group critical of the treatment of prisoners at Tamms Correctional Center plans to march in support of Gov. Pat Quinn's proposal to close the southern Illinois supermax prison.</p><p>Organizers say mothers of prisoners will be among the marchers in Wednesday's demonstration in Chicago. They say the issue is "human dignity, not jobs."</p><p>Human rights advocates have long criticized the prison as inhumane for keeping prisoners confined to their cells 23 hours a day.</p><p>Quinn's budget would close 14 state facilities, including Tamms, to save money. The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees is fighting the Tamms closure.</p><p>An economic impact statement says closing Tamms would mean 295 state employee layoffs — and a ripple effect of 43 jobs lost in the community.</p></p> Wed, 04 Apr 2012 11:01:29 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/criminal-justice/moms-support-closure-illinois-supermax-prison-97912