State Seeks Ways To Recruit More Female Prison Guards

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (CBS) — The Illinois Department of Corrections is looking for ways to increase the number of female prison guards.

As WBBM Newsradio’s Bob Conway reports, the Decatur Herald-Review reported Sunday that the Department of Corrections is seeking to increase female and minority recruitment within the department.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s Bob Conway reports

The state operates all female-prisons in Lincoln, Decatur and Dwight.

But Corrections Department spokeswoman Stacey Solano says female guards are critical at both male and female prisons.
The announcement comes after a recent report by the Chicago-based John Howard Association on the Dwight Correctional Center. The group said that it received reports of inappropriate behavior by male correctional officers at the prison, including physically aggressive and sexually suggestive actions.

The watchdog group’s report claims that “inmates expressed distress over lack of privacy.”

Corrections officials say the ratio of male to female guards throughout Illinois’ prison system is currently about 5.4 men to 1 woman.

Exactly what steps might be taken to hire more female guards has not been spelled out.

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  • InalienableWrights

    Why not charge the State with discrimination lust like a private business would be charged?

    • THEE Yard Ape

      Good point there genius, because it’s not like females and minorities don’t already get quite a few things handed to them on a silver plater . Especially in Chicago and crook county!!! I know this first hand having seen who gets awarded contracts.

  • Smash Crasher

    There should be absolutely NO female officers in an all-male corrections facility. But then again, might as well let females have the same opportunity to lie, cheat, steal and sell black-market contraband too.

  • Danny

    I don’t think this has anything to do with discrimination. What man or woman really wants to work in a prison? Women, especially, who would be subjected to all types of thing in a men’s prison.

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