403-bed Folsom Women’s Facility has opened
SACRAMENTO — The last female inmate has been moved out of Valley State Prison (VSP) in Chowchilla, completing its transformation into an all-male institution, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) announced Wednesday.
The Chowchilla institution was formerly known as Valley State Prison for Women.
CDCR formally opened a new 403-bed Folsom Women’s Facility (FWF) on Wednesday to house low-risk female inmates after converting a former substance abuse treatment facility for parole violators. The women’s facility, adjacent to Folsom State Prison and California State Prison-Sacramento, is expected to receive its first inmates next week but will not reach its full population until spring.
“The Folsom Women’s Facility represents modern thinking about how to help female inmates turn their lives around by providing programming designed specifically to help women prepare to re-enter society and make the transition from an inmate to being a constructive citizen,” CDCR Undersecretary Terri McDonald said. “This demonstrates CDCR’s commitment to rehabilitate while making efficient use of existing facilities.”...