Quinn said in a news release late Wednesday that an Alexander County Judge dissolved an injunction stopping the closures.
Prison workers say making room for them means moving segregated Pontiac inmates into cells together. Workers say that’s potentially dangerous for inmates.
The U.S. leads the world in this category, in terms of incarceration per 100,000 residents.
Illinois lawmakers aren’t giving up their fight against Gov. Pat Quinn’s plan to close prisons and juvenile facilities.
He needs legislative authority to shift the money.
Gov. Pat Quinn revealed Tuesday that he is closing state prisons in Tamms and Dwight
One lawmaker suggests a new early release program
Currently the Missouri Department of Corrections houses more than 30,000 inmates.
Illinois and Missouri both topped 50 percent.
Ban on smoking at Missouri prisons is proposed