We each wish that when a person passes, their loved ones surround them as they make their transition. California prisoners are more often than not denied that bit of compassion and humanity. This year, with the increase in suicides inside California prisons, we feel the loss of every person even more.
We dedicate this final issue of The Fire Inside for 2007 to everyone who has passed inside prisons. We recognize the importance of the love and support that comes from the families built inside the walls.
Following is a partial list of people who died inside women?s prisons this year. We are sorry not to have a full account, but whether a name is included below or not, we are honoring the memory of each person.
Sharon Alvarez, Mary Anne Hayden, Ellen Peel
Jean Pacheko, Tora Kahn
Jan Ogilve, Cindy Gray