By Angela Y. Davis and Windy Click
Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013 | 11:27 PM
Just a couple of weeks ago, Gov. Jerry Brown declared California’s prison crisis over and demanded an end to federal oversight of the state prison system.
This declaration was especially troubling given that it coincided with reports of severe overcrowding at Central California Women’s Facility (CCWF), which is filled to twice its capacity, and news that the Valley State Prison for Women (VSPW), just across the road, would be closed as a women’s prison and then filled with men.
Furthermore, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) plans to open a new facility for women at the notorious Folsom Prison.
Despite threats of retaliation, more than 1,000 prisoners inside CCWF and VSPW sent declarations demanding that VSPW not be converted to a men’s facility, that it be shut down and that thousands of women…
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