Prison Reform Movement's Weblog- America: Land of the Free, Home of the Incarcerated

By JOSHUA EMERSON SMITH

CHOWCHILLA — Hundreds of people led by more than a dozen advocacy groups plan to converge on Chowchilla on Saturday to protest overcrowding at the Central California Women’s Facility.

At more than 180 percent of design capacity, the women’s prison is the most crowed facility in California, according to data from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

“It’s gender discrimination,” said Adrienne Roberts, campaign coordinator with California Coalition for Women Prisoners.

The coalition said it has received hundreds of letters from people inside the prison describing a lack of basic medical care, as well as limited access to job programs and legal resources.

“The system is not working,” Roberts said. “People are living in the most inhumane and insufferable conditions.”

The protest is scheduled for 3 p.m. in front of Valley State Prison outside Chowchilla.

Prison officials didn’t return calls seeking comment…

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