Quinn: Review Tamms Super Max
By Kevin Robinson in News on May 13, 2009 5:20PM
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"We're going to have a new director on board very shortly and we'll be looking at that particular issue," Quinn said. "It's an issue that I take seriously." State Rep Julie Hamos echoed the governor's sentiments. "What I am most pleased about is the governor is understanding that changes need to be made at Tamms and will make this a top priority for the new director," she said. Hamos is the sponsor of a bill that premits the state to transfer prisoners to Tamms for one year only. Eligible prisoners include those who have "committed or attempted to commit acts of violence either: (I) which resulted in serious injury or death or (ii) in connection with any act of non-consensual sex; (2) the prisoner has engaged in 2 or more acts which caused serious disruption of prison operations; or (3) the prisoner has escaped or attempted to escape from within a security perimeter or custody, or both, or direct supervision." The bill further exempts mentally ill prisoners, and gives the state Department of Corrections 90 days to review the status of prisoners currently incarcerated in Tamms.