Storm Caused $375,000 in Damage to Illinois Prison

July 12, 2012

Late June storms caused more than $375,000 in damage to the Dixon Correctional Center in northern Illinois.

The Bloomington Pantagraph reports that records show officials are replacing roofs on numerous buildings at the Dixon prison. They’re also installing electrical components and other machinery broken when high winds tore into the facility.

The storms forced prison officials to move almost 80 inmates living in Dixon’s psychiatric wing to the Pontiac Correctional Center while their cell house is repaired. Illinois Department of Corrections spokeswoman Stacey Solano says the inmates will likely return to the Lee County prison within the next few weeks.

No prisoners were injured when the storms rolled through Illinois on June 29. Generators were used to provide power to the prison, which was placed on lock-down.

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