A sneak peek at Berlin’s prison
Local officials were given a tour of FCI-Berlin this week. Though the facility is almost finished, some of the funding hangs in the balance — Congress has been ornery about approving the proposed 2011 Justice Department budget, mostly because they don’t like the idea of using an Illinois prison (in Thomson) as a Guantanamo replacement. (However, the DOJ announced last week that they intend to purchase Thomson anyway.)
I’ve heard that some of the houses on Success Road, closest to the prison site, have begun selling to future FCI-Berlin employees, including one who is being transferred from Massachusetts. The lights haven’t bothered anyone yet and its unclear whether they’ve been turned on full throttle. The original commissioning schedule had prisoners arriving at FCI-Berlin this fall, but several papers in New Hampshire reported that date is more likely to be later next year.