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Advocates hope to halt prison conversion

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Town meeting scheduled to rally the community

Several organizations that oppose the state’s conversion of Valley State Prison for Women in Chowchilla into a men’s facility are uniting to host a community workshop in June.

Advocates have begun passing out flyers promoting the “town hall” event that will feature presentations about alternatives to having a prison in town, said organizer Debbie Reyes of the California Prison Moratorium Project.

“The community doesn’t want to have a high security men’s prison, they want to stop the entire conversion,” she said. “The purpose of the town hall is to talk to the community about what happens if the (female) prison does empty.”

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation announced in January that it would convert VSPW into a men’s prison because the female prison population is expected to drastically decline through realignment...


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