sfchronicle.com

Shanna Rifkin
May 30 2024


Last month, the Bureau of Prisons abruptly announced plans to close Federal Correctional Institution Dublin, a women’s prison in Alameda County. The Dublin prison has been the target of outrage by lawyers, activists, members of Congress and incarcerated people for decades as stories of rampant sexual abuse of incarcerated women at the hands of guards continued to be reported. 

When a federal judge questioned the closing, the Bureau of Prisons assured her that it is committed to the safe and orderly transfer of adults in custody to different prisons. However, these incarcerated people are facing a very different reality: The closure and transfer of people who were incarcerated at FCI Dublin was nothing short of chaos. Many of the incarcerated people are survivors of sexual abuse by prison employees and were then exposed to new trauma as they were ripped from their communities and retaliated against for reporting the abuse.

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