About 400 Californians gathered in Chowchilla to rally against what they deem is prison overcrowding and other inhumane living conditions in the state’s prison system, specifically the women’s’ institutions.
Protesters, including residents from the San Francisco Bay area, Los Angeles County and throughout the Central Valley, arrived in carpools, vans and buses to Valley State Prison, which was recently converted from being a women’s prison. From there, they marched about a mile to the Central California Women’s Facility, where they held the Chowchilla Freedom Rally.
“We are here to help make changes. To help make our community bigger and more supportive and get some solutions. Inmates are suffering without proper healthcare and other services,” said Samantha Rogers, a member of California Coalition for Women Prisoners.
The Merced Sun Star said Saturday that the women’s facility is the state’s most crowded facility...