In anticipation of the 2018 elections, a conference committee voted to approve a bond funding for the construction and operations of a new prison facility at Grand Lake's, Monkey Island.
The Shangri La Resort facility will be retrofitted for use as a special needs correctional facility to house those who cannot be housed in general population with other prison inmates.
The judiciary chairmen of both houses concluded that certain cultural needs exist for those who served in the cloistered life of elective office. Their needs include being continually addressed by such titles as "The Honorable", "Judge", "Mr. Mayor", and "Commissioner".
"The demise of the late great Gene Stipe is a tragedy that we must not ignore";
said a senior statesman who did not wish to be named.
"Stipe served for 45 years as a distinguished senator. But he did not survive 3 months in a common prison. It is cruel and unusual punishment to repeat this mistreatment. We watched as Stipe was hauled off to a mental institution. He suffered a horrible death by being subjected to such indignities."
Special self-esteem therapies cannot be administered in traditional correctional compounds. Therapists cite the need for role-playing techniques and that require special architecture. Committee rooms, lounges, and even a "Blue Room" will be a special feature at the new facility. Specially trained detention officers will be staffing the facility, but they will have the title of 'Legislative Assistant'.
"These inmates require more social outings than most people."; said one private prison specialist. "They will need to be more mobile and have access to social media and advanced training so that they can hopefully return to civilian life with a new skill set. This will allow them to re-engage in the political process. We are looking into an affirmative action policy so that we can guarantee that societal immersion is successful and they can resume a productive life in their elective careers."
A lobbyist for the Illinois prison reform effort spoke with media at the close of the committee vote..
" There is a lot of misunderstanding out there and a lot of stigma attached to those who suffer this debilitation and disruption in their lives and livelihood."