CALIFORNIA WANTS TO REDUCE PRISON OVERCROWDING, YET KEEPS WOMEN LOCKED UP

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By Jessica Pishko

Nonviolent female prisoners. Image courtesy of Last Gasp

In 2011, under mounting pressure to decrease the prison population, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) created the Alternative Custody Program (ACP). It’s a program designed to forge a path for low-level female inmates to return home (under electronic surveillance), care for their children, and reintegrate into their communities. The policy is currently the subject of a lawsuit claiming that it discriminates on the basis of sex, but in theory, it seems like a prison authority might have finally gotten something right.

That’s what Cynthia thought when she appeared before the panel (called an Institution Classification Committee in CDCR lingo) after applying for ACP. After getting her paperwork straightened out and applying three times, she was told she was denied. She needed a teeth cleaning before her application could be processed.

Another woman was denied because of a…

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2 thoughts on “CALIFORNIA WANTS TO REDUCE PRISON OVERCROWDING, YET KEEPS WOMEN LOCKED UP

  1. The flimsy excuses used to deny women’s applications for release smack of a strong institutional racism and sexism in California’s prison system. These women aren’t just forgotten, they’re systematically despised and reviled – and in contemporary society this is an okay thing to do.

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