The announcement November 15 by Governor Pat Quinn that Guantanamo Bay detainees could be moved to Illinois’ Thomson Correctional Center has generated a number of important questions that deserve answers, according to Senator Tim Bivins.

Senator Bivins said that reports suggest the Thomson Correctional Center is the leading candidate to receive federal detainees, including suspected terrorists, when the federal government closes its military prison located in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The prison, which is a supermax facility located in northwestern Illinois, has sat largely empty since it was completed in 2001.

The correctional center was identified as a potential replacement by federal authorities, who would purchase it from Illinois and use it to house approximately 1,600 federal, maximum- security inmates, including approximately 100 detainees from the Guantanamo Bay facility.

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