JOLIET — The Joliet Correctional Center will not be reopened during the upcoming NATO summit in Chicago for emergency housing of prisoners, a state spokeswoman said Wednesday.
Cook County Sheriff Thomas Dart last week floated the idea of using the closed Joliet prison later if the number of protesters arrested at the NATO summit exceeds his jail capacity.
But the Joliet prison is off limits for the May 20-21 NATO summit in Chicago, according to an email from Stacey Solano, a spokeswoman for the Illinois Department of Corrections. The state owns the prison, and DOC oversees it.
“Joliet CC is closed and not an option,” Solano emailed in response to a Herald-News inquiry about the likelihood of the prison being available during the summit.
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