State corrections officials have crammed hundreds more women into two already overcrowded women’s prisons by moving about 600 inmates from Southern California, the Sacramento Bee reports. As a consequence, prison officials have worsened crowding in the state’s three all-female prisons. Because attention is now focused on critical overcrowding in the state’s prisons for men, there is little chance of quick relief.
The number of inmates at the Valley State Prison for Women and the Central California Women’s Facility have swelled by 8 percent, leaving both facilities housing more than twice as many women as they were designed to hold. “Because of the sheer numbers of men, women have just become what we call ‘correctional afterthoughts,’ ” Barbara Owen, a criminology professor at California State University, Fresno, told the Bee.