Why Are So Many Inmates Attempting Suicide at the California Institution for Women?

By Hillel Aron | Laweekly.com
Wednesday, July 20, 2016 at 8:08 a.m.

female prison suicideErika Rocha spent her 35th birthday— her last birthday — at California Institution for Women (CIW), the smaller of the state’s two female-only prisons. In the yard of the Chino Valley facility, about an hour east of downtown L.A., her friends threw her a Tinker Bell party.

“For two weeks Erika was asking what kind of party she was having,” one of her friends, nicknamed Grumpy, would later write in a booklet distributed at Rocha’s memorial service. “Everyone kept telling her, ‘You’re just having a private little dinner with your honey.’ She came up to [another friend] Dreamer and was all, ‘I know you can’t hold water, so what are you guys doing for my B-Day?’ [Dreamer] can’t keep those kinds of secrets so [she] just smiled and was like, ‘You’re having a little dinner like you wanted.'”

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