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Hardin County to purchase closed work camp

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Hardin County to purchase closed work camp (HARDIN CO. SHERIFF'S OFFICE)

January 10, 2019 at 11:30 AM CST - Updated January 10 at 11:30 AM

HARDIN COUNTY, IL (Heartland News at 9) - Newly signed legislation would allow the county to purchase a closed work camp.

Under House Bill 3274, the Illinois Department of Corrections has the authority to sell the Hardin County Work Camp property to Hardin County for $1. Once purchased, the property can be used for public purposes, including the creation of a detention center.

“Re-purposing the former Illinois Department of Corrections Work Camp in to a new detention center will create much needed employment and revenue for our community,” said Hardin County Sheriff Jerry Fricker.

In 2018, the Hardin County Sheriff’s Department announced its intentions to reopen the work camp, utilizing the structure to house upwards of 100 inmates and creating a number of new jobs within the facility.

It passed the Senate in November 2018.

The bill was sponsored by Sen. Dale Fowler.