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Forby passes measure to reopen Hardin County Work Camp in Southern Illinois

forby hardincountySPRINGFIELD – State Senator Gary Forby (D-Benton) has been hard at work on an issue important to Southern Illinois: reopening the Hardin County Work Camp. Today, he made progress by passing a measure through the Senate to do just that.

House Bill 4326 would require the Illinois Department of Corrections to operate the Hardin County Work Camp.

“I am happy to see this measure gain such great support from my colleagues both in the Senate and the House,” said Forby. “This is important for our region and for people throughout Illinois. Work camps like the one in Hardin County allows inmates to pay their debt to society while also developing skills, so that once they are released the don’t come back. If we want to reduce recidivism, this is the way to do it.”

Last August the Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability held a hearing to discuss the economic impact of closing several state facilities. The panel voted in favor of keeping Hardin County Work Camp open.  Gov. Bruce Rauner still moved to close the facility.

“I really hope the governor reconsiders his motion to close the facility and signs this legislation,” Forby added.

The measure passed the Senate Monday with a vote of 36 to 14. It now goes to the governor’s desk.

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