Take Two for November 4, 2013

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

Los Angeles AB109 Women Incarceration Jail Jails County Twin Towers Education Prison

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

Los Angeles AB109 Women Incarceration Jail Jails County Twin Towers Education Prison

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Caryn Quincey says she has helped other inmates with their education.

Los Angeles AB109 Women Incarceration Jail Jails County Twin Towers Education Prison

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Melinda Rodriguez sits on a day bed, which prisoners sleep on due to overcrowding in the prison system.

Los Angeles AB109 Women Incarceration Jail Jails County Twin Towers Education Prison

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Caryn Quincey hands out an inspirational poem to women enrolled in the Education Based Incarceration class at the Twin Towers Correctional Facility on October 2nd, 2013.

Los Angeles AB109 Women Incarceration Jail Jails County Twin Towers Education Prison

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The Los Angeles Sheriff's Department started the Education Based Incarceration program in 2011.

Los Angeles AB109 Women Incarceration Jail Jails County Twin Towers Education Prison

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Women sign up for the Education Based Incarceration program at the Twin Towers Correctional Facility on October 2nd, 2013.

Los Angeles AB109 Women Incarceration Jail Jails County Twin Towers Education Prison

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Due to realignment, inmates that normally would have served their sentence in state prison are now incarcerated at county jails.

Los Angeles AB109 Women Incarceration Jail Jails County Twin Towers Education Prison

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Caryn Quincey practices yoga in a common work out area at the Twin Towers Correctional Facility in downtown Los Angeles on October 2nd, 2013. At state prisons, most inmates can go outside for exercise. Inmates housed in county jails often do not go outside for the majority of their sentence.

Los Angeles AB109 Women Incarceration Jail Jails County Twin Towers Education Prison

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Two women occupy one cell at the Twin Towers Correctional Facility in downtown Los Angeles. Other women sleep in the common area on day beds due to overcrowding.


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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