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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – The union representing guards at the main Illinois women’s prison is embracing a report calling for better staff training at the state’s main prison for women.

The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees state council said Friday it agrees with a review that says consolidation of women at Logan Correctional Center in Lincoln in 2013 was poorly managed.

Ed Caumiant is AFSCME corrections liaison. He says the Logan merger resulted in overcrowding, too few rehabilitation programs and “a rash of inmate violence against staff.”

The report by the National Resource Center on Justice Involved Women found that female inmates get harsher treatment than men because of misunderstood emotional reactions.

Caumiant says the union is ready to work with the Corrections Department to ensure proper staffing and training.