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March 22, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Three female inmates were charged with second-degree murder in the October beating death of another inmate at a women's prison in Chowchilla. Tonea Ashline, 32, Alejandra Calderon, 27, and Leticia Velasquez, 36, were also charged with involuntary manslaughter and assault, Madera County Dist. Atty. Ernest LiCalsi said. The three are accused of beating Patricia Ann Toledo, 36, in a prison yard fight at Valley State Prison for Women.
December 21, 2005 | Lance Pugmire and Susannah Rosenblatt, Times Staff Writers
An inmate at Valley State Prison for Women in Chowchilla died Tuesday morning in an apparent homicide involving another female prisoner, officials said. It was the first inmate homicide in a California women's prison, officials said. The victim, 30, was pronounced dead at 10:02 a.m. following a confrontation with the 29-year-old suspect that began an hour earlier in the prison's security housing unit, said Terry Thornton, spokeswoman for the California Department of Corrections.
December 22, 2005 | Susannah Rosenblatt, Times Staff Writer
A deadly confrontation between two cellmates at Valley State Prison for Women in Chowchilla has been ruled a homicide, officials said Wednesday. It is the first inmate killing in a California women's prison, officials believe. Sometime after 8 a.m.
July 12, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
After a long and shameful history, California finally banned the forced sterilization of prison inmates and mental patients in the 1970s; two decades later, the state put safeguards in place to make sure the practice didn't resume. But a new report by the Center for Investigative Reporting suggests that despite those laws, at least 148 female inmates underwent tubal ligations between 2006 and 2010 without the required approval by state medical officials. Many of the women who were sterilized while housed at the California Institution for Women in Corona and Valley State Prison for Women in Chowchilla said they were coerced into agreeing to the procedure, according to the report.
September 13, 2003 | From Associated Press
The man reviled in this city after blaming dog mauling victim Diane Whipple for her own death was expected to be released from prison soon after serving little more than half of his four-year sentence, but he won't be returning to San Francisco. Robert Noel, whose behavior was called "despicable" by the judge who sentenced him to prison, was eligible for release on Friday, but prison officials would not discuss his status.
January 1, 2004 | Eric Malnic, Times Staff Writer
Marjorie Knoller, convicted along with her husband of involuntary manslaughter in the dog-mauling death of a neighbor in San Francisco, will be paroled to a location in Southern California within a few days, officials said Wednesday. The community where she will serve her parole will not be identified without her permission, said Russ Heimerich, a spokesman for the Department of Corrections.
May 9, 2009 | Raja Abdulrahim
Gloria Griffin woke up at 5 a.m. Sunday, anxious to see her daughter for the first time in three months. She knew to dress in a black skirt and black top, avoiding green, blue and orange colors that might resemble the uniforms of guards and inmates. At 6:30 a.m., Griffin, 52, her 16-year-old daughter, Unique, and two granddaughters boarded the Chowchilla Family Express in Sacramento for the three-hour trip to the Valley State Prison for Women. Other passengers had been on the bus since 3 a.m. when it left Redding.
December 8, 2010
Sara Kruzan was 16 when she lured her former pimp into a motel room, shot and killed him and took his money. The terrible crime was committed in Riverside County by a girl who had been sexually molested and physically abused since her earliest days, raised by an addicted mother, gang-raped at 13 and at the same age sent into the streets to make a living as a prostitute by the man she would eventually kill. But teenagers change. Today, at 32, Kruzan is a model prisoner in the honor dorm at Valley State Prison for Women in Chowchilla.
May 15, 2011 | By Robert Ito, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Watch a few episodes of your typical prison documentary series — MSNBC's "Lockup," say — and there are certain things you're almost guaranteed to see: shanks handcrafted from common jailhouse items. Inmates hurling feces at ticked-off guards. Facial tattoos. What you're not likely to see are inmates talking about their feelings or working on their problems through anger management. Most of all, you're not going to see a lot of women. Until now. Female inmates are infiltrating the prison show genre, and with them has come a marked emphasis on rehabilitation and transformation.
September 27, 2008 | Steve Chawkins, Times Staff Writer
Last February, a former college student was sentenced to six years and four months in prison for fleeing after drunkenly plowing into a psychiatrist out walking his dog. But this month, Heather Hulsey, 22, was released on probation by a Santa Barbara County judge who ordered her into a residential substance abuse program.
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