CCWF has a long way to go in showing respect and compassion for HIV+ prisioners, and I still struggle with the petty issues that surface when a positive woman moves in a cell.
I fight for better medical care for all women at CCWF.
With 11,000 inmates, California has the largest female prison population in the country, says Rhonda Frost, spokeswoman for CCWF.
I have done everything--prostitution, burglary, forgery, robbery and begging on the street to support my habit," says CCWF inmate Beverly Henry, who at 51 has lived most of her life addicted to heroin and is now living with HIV and hepatitis C.
Henry, who gave birth to a daughter about 23 years ago while in state custody, learned she was HIV-positive in 1994, while serving time at CCWF.