Illinois Prisons' Computer System Upgrades

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By WSIL Reporter

WSIL--  Prisons in Illinois will be closed to visitors for one day this coming weekend. It's to allow officials to upgrade an outdated computer system.

 
The Illinois Department of Corrections will begin the process of switching from its 30-year-old mainframe computer on Sunday.
 
The two-million dollar change could allow the agency to improve inmate health screening and to better coordinate inmate records with county jails.
 
 I-D-O-C spokesman Tom Shaer says it's amazing that the state's prison system is still using the technology first installed in the 1980s.
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