CHICAGO
01/29/2012 01:55 pm ET Updated Mar 30, 2012

State Trying To Hire More Female Prison Guards

SPRINGFIELD - Against the backdrop of a rise in inmate grievances at the state's lone maximum-security prison for women, Illinois officials say they are investigating ways to boost the number of female prison guards.

Although a spokeswoman for the agency offered no details for how top prison brass may approach the situation, officials said they are exploring ways to increase gender-specific hiring.

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