CIW and CCWF Wardens Retire on the same day?

The wardens for both of California’s female-only prisons “retired” on Friday. The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation is calling it a coincidence. But prisoner advocates say it’s a housecleaning.”They appear to be forced retirements,” says Colby Lenz, a legal advocate with the California Coalition for Women Prisoners.

The two prisons — Central California Women’s Facility (CCWF) and California Institution for Women (CIW) — have been the subjects of a lengthy investigation by the Department of Corrections, and inspectors had been camped out at both facilities for the last few weeks, according to sources with access to the prisons

“They appear to be forced retirements,” says Colby Lenz, a legal advocate with the California Coalition for Women Prisoners.
The two prisons — Central California Women’s Facility (CCWF) and California Institution for Women (CIW) — have been the subjects of a lengthy investigation by the Department of Corrections, and inspectors had been camped out at both facilities for the last few weeks, according to sources with access to the prisons.

 

“There have been very serious problems recently,” says Don Spector, executive director of the Prison Law Office, a nonprofit, public-interest law firm based in Northern California. “We were not surprised the state would take this action.”.

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