25 January 2012

Breast Cancer Behind Bars: How a Prison Sentence Can Become a Death Sentence | Truthout

Imagine finding a lump in your breast. Imagine that your efforts to schedule a medical check-up are stymied and you have to wait weeks, if not months, for that initial exam. In the meantime, the lump continues to grow. Imagine that, when you finally do see a doctor, you are told that you have breast cancer. When you walk out of the office, you are locked into your prison cell with no more information or sympathy than when you walked in. This is the daily reality for women in prison.
Breast Cancer Behind Bars: How a Prison Sentence Can Become a Death Sentence | Truthout

10 January 2012

Our View: Kudos to Chowchilla for its stand - Our View - MercedSun-Star.com

We like the way the city of Chowchilla stood up to the state on the issue of the Valley State Prison for Women.

The city said it plans to file a legal challenge against the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation's plan to convert Valley State into a men's prison -- and to do so without filing a typically required environmental report about the conversion to male from female inmates.

In flowery language, CDCR officials told Chowchilla residents and officials to pound sand because switching genders at the prison "would simply reorganize inmates" and "not affect the physical environment."

That may be true. But we -- and Chowchilla residents -- won't know until and unless that California Environmental Quality Act report is done and reviewed by those most affected -- the people who live in Chowchilla.

Read more here: http://www.mercedsunstar.com/2012/01/07/2181563/our-view-kudos-to-chowchilla-for.html

09 January 2012

Prison bait and switch

Prison bait and switch