History of women in the Department of Corrections on both sides of the law

By Don Chaddock Editor’s note: This is the first installment of a two-part story looking at the history of women in the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) as correctional officers (CO). It is also part of the ongoing series examining the history of the department. Today, thousands of women fill the ranks of […]

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Canadian prisons offer healing for incarcerated mothers through writing

By Jesse Vasquez Crafts groups and writing sessions help incarcerated mothers in Canadian prisons cope with separation and understand their life experiences, according to research by Magali Henry, a Masters student at Concordia University Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Nine incarcerated mothers in a weaving class shared their experiences with Henry for the study. “The findings of […]

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Mom’s name in a tattoo

By Richard “Bonaru” Richardson When I first came to prison, I didn’t know what to expect. And, like many people who have never been behind these walls, I believed everything I heard or saw on TV. I believed prisons were filled with nothing but violent and vindictive predators. By spending time in more than 10 […]

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Inadequate medical treatment for female inmates

By Rahsaan Thomas Medical treatment is inadequate for incarcerated women in California jails, the American Civil Liberties Union of California reports. Jails also fail to provide adequate protection against rape, especially for transgender people, the report added. Among the problems the January 2016 report lists are: Women forced to submit to guard-administered pregnancy tests. Abortions […]

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A leader, athlete and friend says goodbye to Kid CAT

By John Lam Cleo Cloman III is a leader, an athlete, and a friend to many in San Quentin. He is also one of several Kid CAT members who were recently found suitable for parole under SB 261, a law that gives special consideration to youthful offenders. “It doesn’t surprise me that Cleo received a […]

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Mothers face custody and employment challenges upon their re-entry

Incarcerated mothers face challenges re-entering society, especially regaining custody of their children and finding employment. Upon their release, mothers are more likely to have their parental rights terminated because of their incarceration, according to a 2016 Rutgers University academic paper by Janet Garcia, of the School of Criminal Justice.  According to the paper, part of […]

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How parents talk can hinder child development

The way parents communicate with their children may hinder their kids from developing healthy self-esteem, emotions and behavior, according to a child behavior author. “The problem is that at its core, this way of speaking is all about control. We use it to tell our kids what we want them to say (‘Say sorry!’)…what we […]

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Prison therapeutic program makes use of the arts

By Forrest Lee Jones For more than three decades, Clean Break, an organization based in London, England, has provided a therapeutic program for women prisoners within the United Kingdom that helps them share their stories of incarceration through the arts. “Our training and education program helps participants to develop personal, social, professional and creative skills […]

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Italy’s rehabilitation method: public interaction

By Wayne Boatwright Italian-style rehabilitation includes public interaction with prisoners to change attitudes about the incarcerated.  And that’s served up with risotto and amuse-bouche dishes of cheese mousse with mustard, curry and dill, according to a March 2016 article in The New York Times. Italy is facing the same challenges as California with prison over-crowding. […]

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Happy Mother’s Day

MOM. Me and my wife Chris just wanted to say Happy Mother’s Day and we love you dearly. Jimbo & Chris Kale Mother’s Day is a special day because it’s a day to thank your mom for her struggle to bring you up right. I love my mom, Ida because she put up with so […]

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