SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s office has responded to a letter from downstate lawmakers questioning movement of inmates out of the Vandalia and Pontiac Correctional Centers.
The letter said there is significant concern in those communities about the future of the two facilities.
As both of these correctional centers serve as some of the largest employers in their respective regions, any changes to staffing or inmate population levels would have a major impact on the economic health of those areas.
The letter said they understand there are significant deferred maintenance needs at both facilities and that some shuffling of population levels may be temporarily necessary to make needed repairs and upgrades.
However, it continued in saying they are “seriously concerned about the administration’s plans for the future of these facilities.”
Pritzker’s office said images circulating on social media are from a draft document that was put together for discussion within IDOC and was not something that reflected input from stakeholders, including the Governor’s Office.