The conditions in the women's section of the Orange County Jail in Santa Ana, as described by the ACLU lawyers (June 7), is so degrading and "horrendous" that surely every human rights organization will be up in arms.
How would it have played in Moscow had it been trumpeted, by Amnesty International and civil right advocates, that in California nonviolent women were shackled in leg irons and handcuffed, with wrist chains thrown in for bad measure?
California used to be a model in prison reform that some of us in the field held up as a bright spot in the dreary landscape of penal failure, (an exception to the) 80% recidivism rate for most other states. How low has California fallen, if this illegal sex discrimination is a sample? Right into the Dark Ages!
Not only is sex discrimination illegal, but cruel and unusual punishment has also been outlawed by the highest court in the land.