- Published: Friday, November 13, 2015 01:28 PM
Senator Gary Forby (D-Benton) has taken the reigns in the Senate to guide legislation the keeps Hardin County Work Camp open. The measure simply provides that the Department of Corrections shall operate the Hardin County Work Camp. Governor Rauner has been slowly siphoning off workers and inmates from the prison in an effort to sink an already struggling Southern Illinois economy.
“Cutting Hardin Work Camp is irresponsible,” Forby said. “Inmates living here help local governments during natural disasters, save surrounding counties millions of dollars in project costs and inmates donate 7,000 hours per month in community service to neighboring cities. These are the types of facilities that allow inmates to pay their debt to society while also developing skills, so once they are released they don’t come back.”