Thomson Correcctional Auction: Will the U.S. Still Bid?

Thomson Correctional Facility, an empty Illinois prison which now can't be used for Guantanamo inmates, is going on the auction block December 21. The minimum bid is $270 million.

Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois has been working to get the money for the sale via an omnibus spending bill, which could be on Obama’s desk awaiting his signature later this month.

Doesn't the U.S. have better things to spend $270 million on than yet another prison? Tell Dick Durbin and Congress to just say no to more of America, Prison Nation.

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    Who are the Feds bidding against? (5.00 / 1) (#6)
    by Ben Masel on Thu Dec 09, 2010 at 06:38:45 PM EST
    Does China want to offshore their political prisoners?

    If we can find... (5.00 / 1) (#7)
    by kdog on Thu Dec 09, 2010 at 06:51:14 PM EST
    14 million other people to throw in 20 bucks apiece, we can put in a bid and manufacture something besides misery.

    How? (none / 0) (#1)
    by jbindc on Thu Dec 09, 2010 at 02:25:54 PM EST
    From the link I provided when I posted about this story a couple of days ago (Washington Times)

    "None of the funds provided to the Department of Justice in this or any prior act shall be available for the acquisition of any facility that is to be used wholly or in part for the incarceration or detention of any individual detained at Naval Station, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, as of June 24, 2009," the bill says.

    Even if they can't use it (none / 0) (#2)
    by Anne on Thu Dec 09, 2010 at 02:43:58 PM EST
    for Guantanamo detainees, but at the rate we're locking people up, I'm sure we could use the room to house non-Gitmo individuals.

    Sure (none / 0) (#3)
    by jbindc on Thu Dec 09, 2010 at 03:00:50 PM EST
    Until they transfer everyone from somewhere else to Gitmo before the law goes into effect.

    Always a way around a law.


    no, they are planning on using (5.00 / 1) (#4)
    by Jeralyn on Thu Dec 09, 2010 at 04:37:02 PM EST
    it as a regular prison having nothing to do with Guantanamo.

    While that plan was set aside several months ago, the Federal Bureau of Prisons is still interested in acquiring the prison to alleviate overcrowding in other federal prisons.

    Ah, thanks. (none / 0) (#5)
    by jbindc on Thu Dec 09, 2010 at 04:41:27 PM EST