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The Serial Abuse Women Face in California's Prison System

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Since 2014, inmates inside California’s womens’ prisons have filed hundreds of complaints of sexual abuse carried out by guards, yet just four officers have been fired, and only four have been prosecuted. In a new investigation for The Guardian, reporter Sam Levin outlines the culture of silence and intimidation inside of California’s prison system, and why it’s often the victims who get punished. We speak with Levin about what he found and hear from Sister Warriors Freedom Coalition, an advocacy group that has been calling for an independent body to investigate the reports of abuse.


Amika Mota, executive director and founding member, Sister Warriors Freedom Coalition

Sam Levin, senior criminal justice reporter, the Guardian US


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