Life Inside A Women’s Prison

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Reported by: Natalie Brand
Reported by: Natalie Brand

The fastest growing segment of the prison population is not who you’d expect. A new report commissioned by the institute on women and criminal justice shows the numbers have significantly increased over the years, surpassing the male prison population growth in all states. In California, there are now over 11,000 women serving time in prison.

KPSP Local 2 got an inside look at the California Institution For Women in Corona, which until 1987, was the only prison in the State for female felons. Built in the 1950s, the green grass, flowers and red brick buildings stand in contrast to the prison gates.

There are now multiple facilities across the state, and CIW is home to around 2,300 women.

“It saved my life,” said Cynthia Wilson describing the prison, where she’s lived for the past 19 years. “It’s strange, kinda ironic…

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