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Study: Illinois Women’s Prison Treats Inmates Too Harshly

November 18, 2016

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – A study finds that women prison inmates in Illinois are treated more harshly than men and spend more time behind bars than necessary.

The federally funded review of the overcrowded Logan Correctional Center in Lincoln found inmates are called “crazy” and “worthless” by staff members, may be disciplined in an unpadded open-bar “crisis cage” and have few opportunities to prepare for community re-entry.

The assessment by the National Resource Center on Justice Involved Women was released Friday.

It reports that women face tougher discipline than for similar offenses as men and the security risk they pose is often inflated. That contributes to extra, needless time in prison.

The Illinois Department of Corrections has said it will implement changes.

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