This article originally appeared in Truthout.
The only supermax facility in Illinois, meaning it is the only prison built to keep the majority of its prisoners in isolation, Tamms prison was consigned for closure by the state’s governor in July.
But the battle between former prisoners, the families of those hurt by conditions at Tamms, anti-torture advocates, the union determined to keep its jobs and the state legislature struggling to contain costs continues to rage.
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A former inmate, Brian Nelson, described the feeling of being in Tamms: “The doors are like a rust-red color with thousands of perforated holes. And you look outside, and you don’t see nothing but a gray wall. My biggest fear is that this is all happening in my head, and I am going to wake up and I’m in that cell. And that scares the s— out of me.”
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- Fight Over Closing of Illinois Supermax Ends 14 Years of Prisoners’ Silence in Solitary Confinement (tennesseehawk.typepad.com)
- Quinn bans media from prisons (qctimes.com)
- Fight Over Closing of Illinois Supermax Ends 14 Years of Prisoners’ Silence in Solitary Confinement (moorbey.wordpress.com)
- Ill. State Police interview 9 at Tamms about leaks (sfgate.com)
- 8 Volatile Criminals Moved As Tamms Supermax Prison Prepares To Close (chicago.cbslocal.com)
- Judge Extends Halt of Transfers From Tamms (stlouis.cbslocal.com)