Prisoners and Formerly Incarcerated Persons v the USA
Ms. Garcia's story is heart-breaking - she has worked very hard to heal from childhood physical and sexual abuse, human trafficking, and terrorization of herself and her children at the hands of her ‘crime partner’. She accepts responsibility for her crime, expresses remorse for her actions, and has maintained an outstanding disciplinary record for the past 18 years.
This is the second time that the Board has found Ms.
The leaders of a Virginia prison with one of the highest reported percentages of inmate rape and sexual misconduct in the country said Tuesday they have worked to correct the problem with management changes and more investigators and cameras.
The officials from Fluvanna Correctional Center for Women, the largest prison for women in Virginia, testified before a Department of Justice panel created to examine sexual victimization in prisons and jails across the country.
Note that refusal to accept these jobs is grounds for transfer to a higher security yard or detention unit- is that what we want to be spending our corrections money on, instead of programs and health care for these women?...an excerpt from a letter from one woman:
I work on a work crew for Martori Farms. We work 6 days a week for 8 hrs. It’s a mandatory overtime job.
Vanessa Huang, poet, writer, community activist, contributor to The Revolution Starts at Home
Sin Soracco, author of Low Bite and Edge City, ex-con
Victoria Law, author of Resistance Behind Bars: The Struggles of Incarcerated Women
Susan was a mother of four children, and was apparently a Certified Nurses' Aide. By the number of people landing on my site Googling her this week, I'd say she was probably well-loved by people in her community, even though she was ignored by her caretakers in prison, where she was sent for non-violent crimes.
If we want to fix California's broken criminal justice system, let's start by changing our approach to incarcerating and rehabilitating women. That is one of the key proposals offered in March by a panel of law enforcement and social justice leaders on California Attorney General Kamala Harris' transition team.
You can read the review on-line at: http://www.wcwonline.org/Women-s-Review-of-Books-Jan/Feb-2011/the-monste...