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The Prison

In Rushville, IL, the town near my farm, sits a brand new prison. I won't go into al the political crap that went on to have us end up with a prison. Suffice to say it came down to a choice between a Mega Hog Farm and a prison. So we got the prison which was supposed to be finished in 2003 and fully populated by the Fall of 2003 with medium security youth offenders.

Then the State of Illinois ran out of money. So for almost 3 years now this facility has sat ready to house prisoners. Ready to bring promised jobs to the community, ready to add dollars to the local economy, and not doing anything.

After Katrina struck, several residents suggested bringing some of the evacuees here and housing them in the prison. I mean it would seem to be a perfect match. A brand new building. Hundreds of never slept in beds. Facilities for bathing and making meals for hundreds at a time. But of course, we can't do that. You can imagine the first shots on CNN of a bunch of people left with nothing, now housed behind steel bars and razor wire fences.

But as of last week, it looks like all our problems will be solved.


The State of Illinois in all it's wisdom has found a prison population to place in our prison. Guess who? You got it, Violent sex offenders. Yeah those are the kind of folks you want next door to a sleepy little farming community where you can still drive up the the square on weekends and leave your windows down and your checkbook on the seat and expect it to be there when you return. Where lots of people, including me, still sleep with their doors and windows open in the summer. I swear the State of Illinois are masters at the art of bending people over and screwing them and making it look like they don't have a choice.



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Sep. 20th, 2005 06:13 pm (UTC)
YIKES! now you really will have to start locking and bolting your doors and windows!
Sep. 20th, 2005 07:11 pm (UTC)
They can give you all the assurances they want. It only takes one escape to potentially ruin a life.

Sep. 20th, 2005 11:51 pm (UTC)
See, and you laughed at me for locking my car doors. ;-)
Sep. 21st, 2005 02:45 pm (UTC)
That was before the prison.
Sep. 20th, 2005 07:47 pm (UTC)
That's so screwed up. Sometimes I really hate Illinois!
Sep. 20th, 2005 08:29 pm (UTC)
If we could just lose Chicago, I think we'd be allright. hehe

Sep. 21st, 2005 02:06 am (UTC)
i think the problems lie deeper than that though. illinois has some assbackwards laws that seems to defend the guilty and screw the innocent. it's a stupid state.
Sep. 21st, 2005 02:52 pm (UTC)
It seems to be a situation that's endemic to states that developed like ours did. One huge city that contains a big chunk of the population and then smaller cities throughout the rest of the state. Sets up kind of a lopsided way of governing things. laws get made that affect people who never even knew a law was being considered. At the beginnings of the formation of the state there were hundreds of farmers that had no idea they were even considered citizens of Illinois and all of a sudden they are being told there are laws that govern their behaivior, set down by the Illinois State government. Case in point, Fulton County used to run from the outskirts of Chicago clear down to Mt. Vernon and over to St. Louis. Then with the stroke of a pen and over 3 years, that area was divided into 22 counties with none of the residents ever even knowing about it. Sometimes the way people found out was they went to get married and at the courthouse found out they were citizens of this county or that.

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