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Tamms Correctional Center

It's Time for Illinois to Close Tamms Supermax

John Maki | Posted 07.23.2012 | Chicago
John Maki

If Illinois does not close Tamms, the state will face the certainty of substantial long and short-term costs that taxpayers cannot afford.

Saving Dollars... With Good Policy

Edwin Yohnka | Posted 05.28.2012 | Chicago
Edwin Yohnka

Closing Tamms offers Illinois a unique opportunity to re-examine the use of solitary confinement in all of its prison facilities. We should not let voices of alarm about public safety deter state officials from looking at the use of solitary confinement.

Gov. Quinn's Proposal to Close Tamms Supermax Prison Got It Right

Locke Bowman | Posted 05.13.2012 | Chicago
Locke Bowman

For those of us who've seen Tamms at close range, it was a welcome surprise to learn that Governor Pat Quinn proposes shuttering the prison.

Quinn's Prison Closure Plan Must Be Supported by Comprehensive Prison Reform

John Maki | Posted 04.25.2012 | Chicago
John Maki

Quinn is smart to look to the state's prison system to save taxpayer money. But to have a real impact on the state's fiscal health, Illinois must look beyond closing prisons and work toward ending our over-reliance on incarceration.

Tightening Belts Means Loosening Restraints: Illinois to Close Supermax Prison

Tanya Greene | Posted 04.24.2012 | Crime
Tanya Greene

One of the more positive things to result from deteriorating state budgets across the nation is that some state lawmakers are looking to smart criminal justice reform as a way to trim budgets. One such change began yesterday in Illinois.

Corey Fox, Convicted Killer, In Trouble For 'Pro-Life' Newborn Sketch

AP | Posted 01.21.2012 | Chicago

TAMMS, Ill. — An imprisoned convicted killer is under scrutiny by Illinois prison officials over whether one of his drawings depicting a newborn...

Prisoner Abuse in Wikileaks Case Puts Our Standards on Trial

Locke Bowman | Posted 06.19.2011 | Chicago
Locke Bowman

The mistreatment of Private Manning is reprehensible. But what matters more is that the indignities and abuses he is enduring are merely commonplace.

Scrutiny Promised For Illinois' Supermax Prison

AP | JIM SUHR | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Tamms Correctional Center's first warden made no apologies for christening the tough southwest Illinois prison a home for a "very un...