Tri States Public Radio Staff
Wed February 15, 2006
Rushville Prison To Become Treatment Center
Rushville, IL – The State of Illinois is moving ahead with its new plan for the prison built in Rushville. The prison will be converted into a treatment and detention facility for Sexually Violent Persons (SVP) who've served their prison time but are too dangerous to be released. The facility will be operated by the Department of Human Services and will house more than 250 SVP. It will employ 228 state workers. 184 will be security staff. State Senator John Sullivan (D-Rushville) says there will also be around 50 professional treatment staff. He says DHS has set an aggressive agenda to open the center on July 1, which is the beginning of the state's fiscal year. The annual operating budget of the Treatment and Detention Facility will be $27 million. In addition, Rushville Mayor Ron Shepherd says the water and sewer fees the city will get from the state should help pay off the bonds the town sold to upgrade the infrastructure.