Sheriff gone, Dwight prison in limbo
The Associated Press September 10, 2013 7:08PM
Updated: October 12, 2013 6:26AM
SPRINGFIELD — A Livingston County proposal to house inmates in a portion of a now-closed state prison is in limbo after the county’s sheriff announced he’s leaving the post at the end of the month.
Martin Meredith had been leading the effort to take over a cell house at the Dwight Correctional Center near the central Illinois community of Dwight.
It was the only maximum-security lockup for women. Under his plan, the county would house up to 300 prisoners from the federal prison system, Cook County and elsewhere.
The facility was one of several that closed earlier this year as part of the state’s cost-cutting moves.
“This could be the kiss of death for this thing,” Livingston County Board Chairman Marty Fannin said.
Fannin said the proposal is on hold until a new sheriff is on the job.
The Livingston County Board has two months to find a replacement.