Dedication

In early June, prisoners rights activists at California Prison Focus, California Coalition for Women Prisoners, Legal Services for Prisoners with Children and Amnesty International received information from women housed in the VSPW SHU that sexual harrassment and intimidation by staff, which has been constant since the prison opened in 1995, has gotten much worse. Twelve women signed a joint grievance against prison staff stating that the mistreatment consisted of sexual assault, improper touching, leering at women in showers, intimidation and constant verbal harassment. For your bravery in fighting back against abuse, we dedicate this issue of Fire Inside to the whistle blowers in the VSPW SHU.