Category Archives: Criminal Justice

Why I Went to Prison

 by Michelle Cale, guest blogger I first went to prison in May 2010.  Luckily for me, I was able to leave the same day because I was just a visitor.  I was part of a group invited by Get On The Bus, a nonprofit organization that had recently brought together mothers incarcerated in the Central [...]

California Not Ready to Relocate Inmates from State Prisons to Counties

By Emma Mayerson, Development Assistant Kim Carter, Founder and Executive Director of our grant partner the Time for Change Foundation, is passionate about reducing recidivism and crime in California through supportive services and rehabilitation. She has been working with California state government for ten years: educating, informing and advocating about issues related to incarceration. Most recently, Ms. Carter has taken a [...]

WPI Fellows Strive to End Shackling of Pregnant Women

By Emma Mayerson, Development Assistant Tamaya Garcia has been fighting for Assembly Bill 568 for two years with our grant partner the Center for Young Women’s Development. AB 568 would ensure that the least restrictive restraints possible are used on pregnant women who are in jail. In other words, it would end the use of belly chains, leg irons, ankle restraints [...]

In the News: Judy Patrick on State Prison Reform and Change

Judy Patrick, President and CEO of the Women’s Foundation of California recently authored a Sacramento Bee op-ed on state prison reform and a Re: Philanthropy blog post on theories of change. Excerpts and links below! Comments welcome. Viewpoints: Put focus on women for state prison reform By Judy Patrick Sacramento Bee, April 9, 2011 How [...]

Interview: The Importance of CalFresh Benefits

Each year, the Women’s Foundation of California trains up to 30 women on the legislative process as part of the Women’s Policy Institute. WPI fellows learn how to write bills, educate legislators and organize community support to pass proposed legislation. We sat down with WPI fellow Stella Kim (Policy and Communications Specialist at *California Partnership) [...]

Take Action to End Shackling of Pregnant Inmates

AB 1900 is up for signature by the Governor, and would end the practice of restrictive shackling of pregnant inmates. Currently, nearly two-thirds of California’s county jails shackle pregnant women in ways that could cause miscarriage or other injuries. Bill AB 1900 seeks to stop this inhumane treatment of pregnant women. Tell Schwarzenegger to support [...]

Photo Blog: Visiting Women Prisoners in Chowchilla

By Judy Patrick, President and CEO Women’s Foundation of California Photos by Jean Karotkin On May 18th the Race, Gender and Human Rights Donor Circle of the Women’s Foundation of California, the Women Donors Network and leaders of criminal justice organizations spent a day at Central California Women’s Facility, the largest women’s prison in the [...]

Visiting Mothers in Prison at Central California Women’s Facility

By Anuja Mendiratta RGHR Fund Program Advisor The Women’s Foundation of California As part of my work with the Race,  Gender and Human Rights Fund of the Women’s Foundation of California, I co-organized a visit to the Central California Women’s Facility (CCWF) in Chowchilla, California. Last week’s visit provided a rare glimpse into the lives of [...]

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