Recently, wardens at two California women’s prisons have stepped down amidst allegations of misconduct, abuse, and persistent suicide. One of these prisons, California Institution for Women (CIW), has a suicide rate that is 8 times the national average for people in women’s prisons, and 5 times the rate for all California prisons. What is going on? We speak with Senator Connie M. Leyva who has called for an audit of California women’s prisons and Hafsah Al-Amin of CA Coalition for Women Prisoners. We speak with prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz, known for his critical views of the management of globalization, free market, and international institutions like the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank.
Senator Connie M. Leyva, district 20
Hafsah Al-Amin, program coordinator for CA Coalition for Women Prisoners
Joseph Stiglitz, professor at Columbia University, author of The Euro: How a Common Currency Threatens the Future of Europe