Community Jails for Women Lose Support
Posted Apr 20, 2007 9:08 AM CST
By Debra Cassens Weiss
Legislative support is waning for a California proposal to move nonviolent women inmates from prisons to community correctional centers, the Los Angeles Times reports.
The centers would have made it possible for the inmates to visit with their children seven days a week rather than just on weekends. They also would have provided intensive counseling and drug treatment.
Unions and several advocacy groups for women inmates opposed the plan. The unions had said the change could lead to privatization of prisons, while the groups said the women should be released rather than moved.