Illinois Goes Gitmo: State to Receive Guantanamo Detainees

The move is part of the White House's effort to shut down the prison at Guantanamo Bay...


Gitmo goes stateside.

White House officials have announced that some detainees at Guantanamo Bay will be transferred to Thomson orrectional Center in Illinois, the first steps in an effort to shut down the prison complex in Cuba. From CNN:

A limited number of detainees from the Guantanamo Bay prison will be transferred to a prison in Illinois, President Obama will announce Tuesday, a senior administration official said.

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn and Sen. Richard Durbin will go to the White House on Tuesday for a briefing on the plan to use Thomson Correctional Center in Thomson, Illinois, to help shut down the controversial facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Illinois state officials have said the plan would call for housing federal prisoners, including some detainees from the Guantanamo Bay prison camp in the largely vacant maximum-security facility in northern Illinois.

The governor and other officials have said such a deal could provide up to 2,000 jobs and up to $1 billion in federal money to the area.

The Buzz's question: Who will have jurisdiction over the Gitmo detainees?

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