Books, California Department of Corrections, Female Offenders, fiction, Latinas, Strong Women, Women in Prison

Meet My Characters: Orange is Not the New Black

When people ask me "What's your novel about," I usually say it's a teenaged Orange is the New Black -the Netflix version, not the book- featuring a naive 17 year old mother who's an immigrant. I've been asked, by YA author Evelyne Holingue, to talk about the characters in my YA novel. Her novel, TRAPPED IN… Continue reading Meet My Characters: Orange is Not the New Black

California Department of Corrections, Female Offenders, Juvenile Justice

What I Learned in Prison: Women in Front and Behind Bars #6

GA Daily News For the past few weeks, I've written about my past career with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Division of Juvenile Justice. It's a state agency that oversees more than 162,821 prisoners within institutions with an additional 91, 700 more offenders on parole.   My intent is to give a very… Continue reading What I Learned in Prison: Women in Front and Behind Bars #6

California Department of Corrections, Female Offenders, Training Academy, Wisdom

What I Learned in Prison: Women in Front and Behind Bars #5

photo via Colorado Int' School When you want to learn a new language, experts say that 'immersion' programs work faster and better than taking semi-regular classes. This applies to working in the law enforcement field. A couple of weeks ago I talked about the initial training I received when I began my career in corrections.… Continue reading What I Learned in Prison: Women in Front and Behind Bars #5

California Department of Corrections, Female Offenders, Television shows on prison, Women in Prison, Women Prisoners, Writing

Women in Prison: In Front and Behind the Cell Bars

photo from National GeographicThere has been an increase in T.V. female prisoner shows: Lockup, Cellblock 6 (TLC), Babies behind Bars (TLC), Beyond Scared Straight (A & E), and even Oprah's OWN channel has Breaking Down Bars. Women are the fastest growing prison population in America and some of the toughest to handle.  The subject of women in prison… Continue reading Women in Prison: In Front and Behind the Cell Bars