A hot topic among people in Illinois is the proposal to close Dwight Correctional Center. This is a major problem for not only the officers who work at Dwight but also the surrounding communities. According to an article from the Pantagraph, the region around Dwight could take a hit of around $45 million dollars if the prison would close. The Dwight Prison holds over 100 jobs for residents of surrounding communities. These jobs could include: construction, retail trade jobs, health care, social assistance jobs, local government, food service and many others. If the prison was to close then many people would have to move to other towns to find more work, this would hurt the community greatly. The housing market for the surrounding communities would also hurt because the people would be moving out of the community. This would also affect the community because family members who were working in the community but not at the prison would also be leaving too. Dwight closing could also affect the businesses in the community. Less people living and working in Dwight would mean less products being bought at local stores or businesses.
Another major problem that could come from closing this prison is that a lot of the women who are incarcerated at Dwight are from the Chicago area and moving them out of Dwight makes it difficult to maintain a good support structure with their families. This is a problem because the less support inmates have from families the more likely they are to re offend once released.