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Old 07-11-2017, 08:47 PM
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Default AUSP Thomson & Adjacent camp - Looking for Information

I am trying to get information on the Federal prison in Thompson, Illinois. It is my understanding that it is presently a Federal prison camp, but will ultimately be converted into a Federal maximum security facility. Does anyone know when this will occur and/or why it has not yet occurred? Does anyone have any other information about Thompson?

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Welcome to Prison Talk and to the federal forums. The supermax prison at Thomson (which will double the current capacity of Colorado's supermax) is set to open later in 2017. There has been talk about moving all of the inmates from the CIA's dark site prison at Guantanamo, Cuba to Thompson.

The minimum security inmates who have been designated to the camp will help to get the USP up and running. Here is a 2015 Clinton Herald article about it, and a google search will have more recent ones too.
http://www.clintonherald.com/news/ju...0e07cc381.html
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Thomson is an administrative security U.S. penitentiary (AUSP) with an adjacent minimum security satellite camp.

Is the AUSP open and fully functional? Here is an article form Oct. 2016 that provides some info:

Thomson prison expected to be fully operational in 2017

THOMSON — U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin said a western Illinois federal prison will be fully operational starting late next year.
Durbin, a Springfield Democrat, visited Thomson Administrative U.S. Penitentiary on Tuesday. He said progress is moving forward on the facility but that much work remains to be done.

As a federal maximum-security prison, Thomson is expected to house up to 2,800 federal inmates from around the country and create about 100 more jobs.
“I’m so happy to report that out of the 214 current employees at this facility, paid employees and salaried employees, with a payroll income of about $22 million a year, that over half of them are from the local area,” said the senator.

http://www.sj-r.com/news/20161005/th...tional-in-2017

Here is the BOP webpage for that facility:

https://www.bop.gov/locations/institutions/tom/
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Any more information on Thomson? What's the camp like? I did a satellite view and looks like there's a fence? Workout facilities? Any other info?
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Hi! Does anyone have any updates information on AUSP Thomson? Mailing address? How's the prison as a whole? Any would be great.
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Here's the bop AUSP Thomson web page which includes mailing addresses, etc.
https://www.bop.gov/locations/institutions/tom/

To locate all the archived PTO posts about the prison, google "thomson prison talk".
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Here's the bop AUSP Thomson web page which includes mailing addresses, etc.
https://www.bop.gov/locations/institutions/tom/

To locate all the archived PTO posts about the prison, google "thomson prison talk".
Thank you, but the only address it list is the address for the camp. I guess I can wait til I get a letter. Was just hoping to write him before then.
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The bop doesn't even list the A&O handbook (prisoner's rules) for the supermax. Even the original supermax in Florence, Colorado shows both the mailing address for prisoner's mail, plus their A&O handbook. Thomson must be Guantanamo Bay east.
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Not sure about it beening Guantanamo Bay East. Maybe half of the prison. Thank you for looking into it.
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Here is the mailing address to AUSP Thomson
AUSP THOMSON
U.S. PENITENTIARY
P.O. BOX 1001
THOMSON, IL 61285

Just in case anyone else needs it.
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Thank you, thank you so much... you have really helped by providing the address as it is still not on the BOP website.
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Glad to help! I have found out that you can send to both PO Box's and the inmate will get mail. Avoid sending post cards & colored paper. A few items have been sent back to me.
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Well nice to see some activity, husband just recently transferred here so we got 8+ years to go 17 done he is my hero.
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Glad to help! I have found out that you can send to both PO Box's and the inmate will get mail. Avoid sending post cards & colored paper. A few items have been sent back to me.
Do you know if I can send books.I did that a lot at the previous prisons but this SMU situation is all new to me.
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Yes, I sent a few paperback books from Amazon. He has received all books without problems.
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