|Officers learn skills to help women inmates|
|By myjournalcourier.com- Edith Brady-Lunny|
LINCOLN (AP) — It’s well documented that men and women communicate differently, but inside the confines of a women’s prison, those differences are magnified by high rates of trauma and mental illness that follow female inmates into state facilities.
Illinois correctional officers and other prison staff are learning new skills to help them communicate more effectively with the 2,400 women who are held in three state prisons.
Weeklong sessions held monthly at Logan Correctional Center in Lincoln open with training on trauma. Staff are asked to examine their own lives for signs of trauma, said Carolyn Gurski, chief of the women’s division for the Department of Corrections.
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