First jobs for Thomson prison posted

THOMSON (AP) — The federal Bureau of Prisons is hiring more than a dozen workers for the Thomson Correctional Center in northwestern Illinois.

The Quad City Times reports (http://bit.ly/1pZA0iq ) 15 positions are posted on the federal government's jobs website, including a budget and technology officer, an IT specialist and correctional supervisors.

The agency has allocated nearly $54 million to begin reopening the maximum-security penitentiary. About $10 million will be used to renovate the facility that was a state prison that never fully opened because of budget constraints.

The additional $43.7 million will be used for staffing and equipment.

Fully activating the prison the state sold to the federal government is expected to take two years and cost about $195 million.

Congress hasn't approved the agency's spending plan.