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Prison to Hire for Law Enforcement Jobs in Illinois

Posted on June 22, 2010

The Thomson prison facility has announced they are moving forward with plans to begin hiring for law enforcement jobs in Illinois.

Obama plans to hold Guantanamo detaineers in the facility and the Department of Justice’s Bureau of Prisons needs staff to assist with the new prisoners.

The Bureau of Prisons wants to secure the facility this year, and appraisals of the property are underway. But the likelihood that it will be ever occupied remains dim.

According to MainJustice.com, Bureau of Prisons Chief Harley Lappin had told the delegation that the Obama administration is moving forward with the plans. The text of the letter was posted online by the offices of Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Illinois Governor Pat Quinn.

But house lawmakers took steps to block the funds, writing,

Dear Senator Durbin and Congressman Manzullo:

We understand that Harley Lappin, the Director of the Bureau of Prisons (BOP), recently briefed both of you and your staffs on the significant progress being made by BOP and the State of Illinois in their efforts to complete multiple steps required at the federal and state levels in order to purchase the Thomson Correctional Center. This letter reaffirms the Administration’s commitment to acquiring the facility this year and provides additional details about measures that have been taken to date and those that will be taken in the coming months. We are also forwarding a copy of this letter to Governor Quinn in light of the active, ongoing efforts of Illinois state officials on this issue.

As Director Lappin stated in his briefings to you, multiple appraisals of the facility by the federal government and the state are in progress. In addition, officials from BOP’s Capacity Planning, Facility Activation, and Site Selection Office and BOP’s North Central Regional Office have been meeting with local officials and prospective job applicants throughout the region to discuss staffing needs for operating the institution. These include meetings in Fulton, Illinois on April 21, Moline, Illinois on May 4, Freeport, Illinois on May 5, and Davenport, Iowa on May 6. Additional meetings are planned this month for application and resume workshops at Sauk Valley Community College and Black Hawk Community College.

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