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Calif. prison realignment: Many women are serving more time in custody (photos)

by Rina Palta | Take Two

An inmate teaches a course in the Education Based Incarceration program at the Twin Towers Correctional Facility on October 2nd, 2013. Mae Ryan/KPCC

Caryn Quincey holds up a photo she keeps in her jail cell at “Twin Towers” lockup in Downtown Los Angeles.

"Different, right?" she said.

The photo was taken a few days before she went to jail on a conviction related to financial fraud. That was two years ago, but in the photo, Quincey looks about 10 years younger. But, she says, things could be worse.

"I just want to give a shout-out to the woman who did my Botox before coming in here," Quincey said. "It's held up well."

She is one of thousands of women convicted of lower-level felonies who've been sent to L.A.'s County jails under AB 109, the state's prison realignment law passed in 2011. Meant to alleviate overcrowding in California's state prisons, realignment put counties in charge of punishing people for lower level drug and property crimes. 

KPCC crime reporter Rina Palta has the story

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