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Lifer in California Women's Prison Calls Out Sacramento Shooter "Smiley" Martin

Dear Sacramento Mass Shooter: Mr. SMILEY MARTIN, Should I call you Smiley or Mr. Martin? I think California's Dumbest Criminal suits you better. You're are the Biggest Loser. I clearly remember how...

 

Battling Cigarette Addiction Followed Me During My Time in California State Prison. How did I beat it?

Yeah, I stumbled mentally. I didn't fall. There's a lot bad things on the prison yard right now. I've told you that already. I have not had any drug cravings in a very long time. There has also been...

 

Illicit Drugs Everywhere: The Prison Is Flooded With Drugs

My last two stories were drug related. So you probably sensed there was an elephant in the room. It's unfortunately true. Here we go again. Street drugs are prevalent once again inside these walls. I...

 

6 Women Inmates Falsely Accused Of Rape At California Institution for Women Prison

It was a normal, quiet Sunday evening on the prison yard. The Oscars were live on TV. While Will Smith was capturing attention with the slapping of Chris Rock, another, far more serious and far more u...

 

Congratulations To CIW Warden Mona D. Houston On Her Promotion To CDCR

At first, I admit I was skeptical of Warden Houston. I even thought she was anti women, at first. However, over time I was won over by her leadership and her ability to steer CIW through several...

 

Countdown: 3, 2, 1: This Female Inmate is Close To Release

It's hard to believe. This is almost over! My prison stay is almost over. By God's grace. I'll be 38 in a few days. ( Feb. 18th ) It's nothing to celebrate. But my life is about to change! I'll be...

 

The Racial Dynamics of Prison Staff at a California Women's Prison

As the days go by, I never cease to be fascinated by the dynamics of prison staff behavior. I've learned so much about the psychology of human behaviors. And the more I learn, the more I want to...

 

My Humble Apology Letter To My Victim, My Sister, Writes a Women's Prisoner in California

June 5Th 2015, Amber S. Jackson, #X15530 / (CIW) Dear [name redacted], Hi. This letter is being written by me to apologize for all the harm that I've done to you. I need you to know that I'm sorry....

 

California's Women Inmates Locked Down Since Christmas Eve

On the 9th, all prisons in California will began 2 week modified program (lockdown), even though this prison, CIW, is already on quarantine due to Covid-19. Who's calling the shots? This Department...

 

California Inmates No Longer Get Hot Meals Due to Omicron

What's really going on with CDCR? A massive blunder. With officers retiring, some early, others quitting and all the other BS that comes with the negative political climate towards all law...

 

Women's Prison is Home To The Pussy King - Everybody Loves Him

When the prison doors pop open he comes out struttin' his stuff! He slowly walks down the hall like the player that he is. The ladies love him!! In fact, they adore him. Long before the "trans" BS...

 

Pill Poppin', Manipulating Lifer Gets 5 Year Rollover

Remember the chair of the PURR Cat program I first told you about a few months ago? She's also the Inmate Advisory Council White Rep here in my own housing unit. She holds these positions of trust...

 

Omicron Outbreak at Cal Institution for Women, 16 Positive Prisoners, Over 600 Inmates Quarantined

The Covid-19 Omicron is a double edge sword. At present, over 100 CIW staff are out sick. Plunging the institution into a condition we've never seen before. And you see it all here in prison. So many...

 

Christmas Eve Death Of Female Prisoner - Christmas From Hell

Hello 2022!! Goodbye to the single worst Christmas I've ever seen in or out of prison! It all kicked off Christmas Eve with the death of a prisoner, to start things off. The woman died of an apparent...

 

Women's Prison Officer Staffing Shortages Halt Inmate Programming and Cause Lockdowns

The excuses are numerous but the problem is singular. Not enough correctional officers to run the prison. When officer levels fall below a minimum number, things begin to close. The inmate population...

 

Black Prison Staffer Reinstated After Unfair Removal: A Christmas Miracle

Vindicated! She's officially back! Unfair decision reversed! The prison population rejoiced at the news! Her presence and her talent are back. The drug program students, including myself, are so...

 

In-Prison Program Brings Rescue Kittens For Female Inmates

It's called "PURR." For Pawsitively United Rescue And Release Program. Rescued Kittens are brought into the prison and placed with women as part of this program. They are fed and nursed until they...

 

Female Raging On Male Steroids Breaks Cell Door Down

Yes, a woman, excuse me, a "trans man," who is on the t-shot, broke down the cell door. No, I'm not exaggerating. This happened in my own housing unit yesterday. Down the hall from myself. That cell...

 

The Dark Underbelly of Prison, What I See Every Day as a Women's Prison Inmate

All California prisons have an elected Inmate Advisory Council within each unit of each prison. These "members" represent the population and meet regularly with the warden and department heads as...

 

Correctional Officer Shortages at California Institute for Women's Prison

As of Friday, Novemeber 19th, we have a newly discovered Covid-19 case. That respective housing unit is locked down. However, we do have officer shortages. So, desperate times caused CDCR...

 

Women's Prison Turned Into Mini WOKE Utopia Nightmare

I absolutely love living in a ''woke'' state while in state prison. Each year the line between female and male prisoners gets thinner and thinner. Soon there will be no systematic differentiation...

 

Lifer's Devastating Remorse Journey

Remorse. Most people don't know the true meaning of remorse. The kind of pain that hits you like pouring alcohol on an open wound. Yes, this pain is caused by the pain I've caused others. Yes, I did...

 

Concerns were raised about condoms being used to hide evidence of rape - in a women's prison by 'women'

Here at the CIW's women's yard, transgender women numbers continue to go up. How many? I'm not sure. With Covid-19 causing restricted movement, I'm limited on info. I'm also not sure what to call...

 

Black Female Prison Staffer Victim Of Racially Motivated Job Loss

As Dr. Phil says, "People with nothing to hide, HIDE NOTHING." I'm beside myself to share this story with you. It hit me hard. Like a ton of bricks. See, I'm currently enrolled in the prison's drug...

 

My Fellow Female Prisoner O.D.'d And Turned Blue

I was at the former prison known as Valley State Prison For Women, now a men's prison, I saw something that changed me forever. At VSPW, us women prisoners lived in 8 person cells. It's about 13...

 

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