Any and all things related to California Institution for Women in Corona, CA, also known as CIW, and all other women’s prison facilities.

The Department of Corrections (DOC) in Washington is shifting to more gender-specific treatment of women in prisons. (Mike Siegel/Seattle Times/MCT)
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Rates of Women Incarceration Worldwide Higher Than Population Growth

The rates at which women are getting locked up globally are becoming very alarming. They are thrown into prisons in every country at rates higher than the population growths of each country. To make matters worse, women are incarcerated for many offenses that men would walk for ultimately. With millions of women entering the labor […]

Katie Irving was Empowered by the #MeToo Movement to Report Sexual Assault Committed by a Correctional Officer
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Kenosha County Jail Guard Lands in Prison for Sexually Assaulting a Woman

A correctional officer at Kenosha County Detention Center, Jonathan M. Kwiatkowski, is serving a 6-year prison sentence for sexually assaulting a women inmate. Thirty-one-year-old Katie Irving filed a lawsuit against the prison guard for the assault. Irving is a free woman today, and living clean and sober. Her story of sexual abuse in Kenosha County […]

A New Way of Life: Susan Burton created the re-entry program for women who have spent decades in prisons.
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Women Are Creating New Purpose-Filled Lives After Their Prison Releases

Susan Burton is highly praised for opening her home up to strangers. She also provides other resources to offer safe healing environments for the women being released from prisons. She’s helping these ex-inmates create new purpose-filled lives. The Birth of Susan Burton’s New Purpose-Filled Life Very few people will be willing to welcome fresh ex-convicts […]

South Dakota Women's Prison
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Christian Women Christmas Concert Generates $1,000+for Prison Church

At least $1,000 has been raised for a prison church by way of a Christmas concert. The church is located within the South Dakota Women’s Prison. The money was raised during a Christmas concert held on Sunday at the First United Methodist Church. The church congregation within the women’s prison is called the Church of Hope. […]

Brenda Ann Spencer, the Grover Cleveland Elementary School Shooter... Then & Now
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Classic Song Inspired By Brenda Ann Spencer, Who Hated Mondays Enough To Kill

said it was more fun to shoot people dead than see another Monday. She hated Mondays enough to kill people. And, in 1979 she mowed down people with 30 rounds of ammunition. Spencer was convicted and is currently incarcerated at the California Institution for Women in Corona, CA (CIW). The music group Boomtown Rats was […]

the last mile
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Last Mile Computer Coding Program for Female Inmates at CIW Provides Paid Jobs

A Last Mile computer coding program introduced to female inmates at the California Institution for Women (CIW) in Chino has proven very helpful. The computer skills acquisition program has proven to provide trained inmates with paid jobs after release from prison. It has also helped to keep released prisoners away from crimes and recidivism. The […]

Common Hugs a Girl Named Red at CIW prison in Corona, CA
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Hope & Redemption Tour: Common Speaks to ‘A Girl Named Red’ (Video)

Common recently made some celebrity prison visits in California. At one prison, CIW, he dedicated a very moving performance to a long forgotten inmate. He called her “a Girl named Red.” The conscious Hip Hop artist spent a week sharing his sweet music with the staff and inmates at four CDCR prisons: Calipatria State Prison […]

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Famous Prisoners: Leslie Van Houten of Charles Manson Cult Finally Granted Parole

Famous prisoner Leslie Van Houten of the Charles Manson cult fame has been granted parole to return home by the California Board of Parole Hearings. The parole was granted on Wednesday after a hearing by a panel of state commissioners in Chino, CA. But, Houten will not leave prison until Governor Jerry Brown approves of […]

Leslie Van Houten Back When She Was Still a Dedicated Manson Girl
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Famous Prisoners: One of the Manson Girls Wants Parole… Incarcerated Since the Age of 19

Leslie Van Houten was a 19-year-old teen when she became one of the murdering Manson Girls of 1969. The famous prisoner is begging for release from CIW. Houten is now 68 years old. She’s incarcerated at the California Institution for Women in Corona, CA. This would be the 21st time the former Manson Girl would appear […]

CIW Overcrowding Cells
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Are Inmates Cooking in Their Cells? CIW Cells Reach Triple Digit Temperatures

A number of inmates have raised concerns over the rising temperatures inside the California Institution for Women (CIW) in San Bernardino County, Corona, Los Angeles. Constructed with brick and cinderblock in the 1950s, the CIW has been reported to have temperatures that rise above 100 degrees even in the night and early mornings. This has […]