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Officials: Illinois prison to open next year

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THOMSON, Ill. (AP) - A Bureau of Prisons official says a prison in northwestern Illinois will be completely activated by the end of next year.

Sauk Valley Media reports that the Thomson Administrative U.S. Penitentiary could have up to 600 employees. Bureau of Prisons Acting Director Hugh Hurwitz says the facility will be a high-security institution and include some specialized units for inmates who are seriously ill, geriatric or mentally ill.

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin says the prison will help address overcrowding in the prison system.

Construction on the prison finished in 2001. It has sat empty for more than a decade because the state didn't have the funds to open it. The Bureau of Prisons announced in 2012 that it planned to buy the facility for $165 million.

Information from: Sauk Valley Media,

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