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RIVERSIDE, Calif.—A woman who was 16 in 1994 when she ambushed and killed her former pimp in a Southern California motel room has asked Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger for clemency. 


Sep 30, 2010

Justice deferred


A little-used Illinois law gives rape victims another way to hold their attackers accountable.

The four women, who had been imprisoned along with three others in the state of Guanajuato for "homicide in reason of parentage," were released from prison by the state government in early September after pro-abortion groups claimed they had been imprisoned for "abortion," a charge repeated many times by a sympathetic Mexican media.

BILLINGS- September 22, the Culinary Arts program at Passages Women's Center in Billings took a big leap forward with recognition by the Montana Department of Labor. It's the first culinary pre-apprenticeship program in Montana. The recognition means inmates at the state Women's Prison can work toward a career when they're done serving time. It helps them utilize their time behind bars to perfect their craft.

Thaddeus Russell's new 'Renegade History of the United States' (Free Press/Simon & Schuster, 2010) recounts how prostitutes won virtually all the freedoms that were denied to women but are now taken for granted.  Read an excerpt here.

Life just got a little less nasty for female inmates at the Denver Women's Correctional Facility, who no longer have to spread open their genitalia for invasive cavity searches after a family visit.

How many of us know the long history of political prisoners in America, of whom we weren't, by definition, supposed to have - this land of the free. Many of those political prisoners have been, and continue to be, women. Femaleness does not protect a woman from being considered an enemy of the state, in fact, as "unnatural" women, perhaps the opposite.

Who says prison needs to be glum?Inmates at the Santa Monica Women’s Prison in Peru traded zebra stripes for face paint and balloons when the prison recently held its own circus. Convicts became clowns and performers in an event inspired by Cirque du Soleil. Yes, probably not a typical scene at your local prison. Still, we're glad they're turning those frowns upside-down. Proves that fun and humour can thrive in the worst of places and circumstances. Click on the link to view images of the prison circus.