[Ppnews] Oppose CA Governor's plan for women prisoners
Political Prisoner News
ppnews at freedomarchives.org
Mon Oct 16 08:35:33 EDT 2006
Attached is a letter which CURB has put together
opposing the Governor's plan to build 4,500
womens beds. The goal is to get feminist
scholars and activists LIKE YOU to sign the
attached open letter to counter the feminist
scholars and advocates who have argued that
building more prison beds for women is gender
responsive and a good thing for women. WE NEED
YOU TO SIGN ON TO THE LETTER BELOW ASKING OTHER
WOMEN TO SIGN THE OPEN LETTER.
Diana, for the California Coalition for Women Prisoners (CCWP)
Californias women in prison need your help.
For more than a decade, women have been the
fastest growing segment of the rapidly expanding
prison system. Neither the public safety of our
state nor the well being of women is served by
over-incarceration of women. Women inside and out
have led the fight to reduce unnecessary
incarceration and to reunite women with their
children, families and communities.
Gov. Schwarzenegger now proposes to build 4,500
new prison beds for women. In an attempt to
mislead the public and the legislature, he calls
these new prisons Female Reentry Community Corrections Centers (FRCCCs).
Women who have led the fight against the abuses
in womens prisons sexual assault by guards,
pat-down searches by male guards, medical and
psychological abuse, separation from and often
loss of children are now being recruited in a
cynical ploy to support these new mini-prisons as
gender responsive. The Governor even goes so
far as to say that the FRCCCs are not prisons at all.
What do you call a facility where women are
locked in 24/7? Where family visits are limited
to two days per week? Where women are guarded
by members of the notorious CCPOA prison guards union? We call it a prison.
The Governor, the legislature (especially the
Womens Caucus of the legislature), the press,
feminist organizations and women inside need to
hear our voices opposing this expansion of prison cells for women.
If, as the Governor and CCPOA have said, there
are 4,500 women who dont need to be in prison,
lets send them home. Lets spend funds not on
new prisons and more guards, but on reentry services and programs.
Please sign the attached letter. Please ask
organizations of which you are a part to sign.
You can sign in two ways:
* Sign the letter and mail to it to us at
1904 Franklin Street, Suite 504, Oakland, CA 94612 or fax to 510.444.2177
* Email your name, title, affiliation and
contact information to us at curb at riseup.net
Rose Braz, National Campaign Director, Critical Resistance
Ruth Wilson Gilmore
1904 Franklin Street, Suite 504
Oakland, CA 94612
rose at criticalresistance.org
The Freedom Archives
522 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
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