The U.S. Supreme Court upheld a three-judge federal court order last month requiring California to reduce its prison population in two years. Each year, it costs taxpayers about $48,000 to keep a woman incarcerated in the Central California Women's Facility in Chowchilla. And what do we get for our investment? Not rehabilitation.
Here's one (of many) way(s) that California can do so: Release the people inside who clearly clearly clearly do not need to be inside prison!
The California Coalition for Women Prisoners has petitions up for 4 women who have been found eligible for parole but are awaiting the governor's approval.
Elizabeth Dial has spent 11 years in prison and is up for parole for a third time.
More about her case is here: http://www.freejoypowell.org/
July 10, 2011 - 2 pm to 7 pm: Singing for SpottedCrow @ Istvan Gallery, 1218 N. Western, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Donations requested for the Patricia SpottedCrow legal defense fund in lieu of a door or entry fee. A "sentencing modification" pleading is due in this case in September 2011. Patricia SpottedCrow sentenced to 10 years in prison for selling $31 worth of marijuana. She had no prior convictions, no record, not even a speeding ticket in her past.
A woman housed in solitary confinement at the maximum security prison for women in Muncy, PA, reports repeated instances of medical deprivation by prison authorities that have led to health complications and suffering.
Cheryl Baskerville reports from the Restricted Housing Unit at SCI Muncy that she has been needing a knee replacement since entering the prison over 5 years ago, but that this has been repeatedly postponed due to skipped appointments with outside p
While at the Federal Detention Center (FDC) SeaTac, Sr. Anne and I were in cell 11 in one of the women’s units. Cells 2 – 10 are filled with women wearing orange, held in solitary (Special Handling Unit as it is officially named). These sisters eat all their meals alone in their cells. They get out of their cell for a 15-minute shower three times a week (M, W & F). They are offered no exercise or outside time. They not allowed to communicate with other prisoners, and we were not allowed to motion or talk to them. There is no yelling between cells.
These inhumane and abusive practices have not changed. The women have not accepted these abuses quietly. They have launched complaints to prison administrators:
"Women have made their complaints on inmate letters and verbally to the lieutenant, sergeant, captains, deputy warden, counselors, supervisors and the major.
The gates are opening!
Since Brown took office, people who have been denied for years are finally getting out of prison.