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Thomson Prison: Jail Can Open By 2011 If Obama's Budget Approved

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If Congress signs off on the money to purchase the Thomson prison in Illinois, it could see its first federal inmates by mid-2011, a Justice Department official said.

President Barack Obama on Monday submitted a budget proposal to Congress asking for $237 million for the largely vacant prison in northwestern Illinois. Some terrorism suspects from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, would be housed there as would Bureau of Prisons inmates, administration officials have said.

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