Sherita Alexander in her cell in a high-level block of Las Colinas correctional facility for women in San Diego. Mrs. Alexander was spending her time incarcerated rather than spend it "free," but on probation.
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Women enrolled in honors/work programs at Las Colinas correctional facility get additional freedoms. Women take a break from sewing prison uniforms to watch Downton Abbey.
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Women at Las Colinas sing together while folding the prison's laundry. Having a laundry room job is considered a privelage, reserved for inmates who have shown good behavior.
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Honors program women at Las Colinas take a break from their kitchen job to have lunch. Having a kitchen job is considered a privilege reserved for non-violent inmates.
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Women line up to return to their cells after eating in the mess hall at Las Colinas correctional facility for women in San Diego, CA.
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Honors program women play volleyball on the general population yard, a privelage reserved for women who show good behavior at the jail.
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Keleigh McGee at her bunk while incarcerated at Las Colinas correctional facility for women in San Diego, CA.
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Tanya Aldridge in the workout yard of a high-security cell block at Las Colinas correctional facility in San Diego, CA.
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Laura Mejia speaks on the phone from the exercise yard in a high-level cell block of the Las Colinas correctional facility for women in San Diego, CA.
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A "jailhouse pedicure," shared between two women on the exercise yard of a high-security block at Las Colinas.
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Pamela Hernandez and Kathleen Salinas sit together in the exercise yard of their high-level cell block at Las Colinas correctional facility in San Diego, CA.
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Inside a "high level" (reserved for women not participating in a work program or considered a risk for violent behavior) cell block at Las Colinas correctional facility for women, Khadijah Young gets her hair done by Tonia Toomer.
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Laura Mejia threads Angelina Ballon's eyebrows inside a high-level cell block in the Las Colinas correctional facility for women in San Diego, CA.
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Lakyesha Jenkins calls home from a high-level cell block at the Las Colinas correctional facility for women in San Diego, CA.
Prisons and jails are built for men. What would a prison tailored to women's needs and experiences look like? Las Colinas women's correctional facility has attempted a progressive program for women, catering to their specific needs with widespread success for the few women enrolled in the program. Administrators hope more women can be enrolled in the future, but staff and budget shortages have kept the majority of women at the jail in more traditional, stifling lockup.