Rauner signs law focusing on female prison population

Rauner signs law focusing on female prison population

Governor Bruce Rauner is signing a new law that focuses on the needs of the state’s female prison population.

The law helps create a women’s services division within the Illinois Department of Corrections addressing the concerns of female inmates says Governor Rauner.

The division will focus on things like past abuse, motherhood, work skills and more.

The law solidifies and is taking up issues unique to female inmates says director John Baldwin.

Currently, about 30 percent of women in prison end up back behind bars within three years of release.