Diane Joiner is a resident of East Palo Alto, but she used to reside behind bars. Today, she’s the poster child for programs in San Mateo and Santa Clara county jails designed to reduce recidivism.
San Mateo County’s women’s jail is not equipped for pregnant inmates to give birth or care for newborns. This video examines difficulties women and law enforcement officials face when babies are born behind bars.
In California, 70 percent of released inmates return to prison – the highest recidivism rate in the nation. But, in San Mateo County, only 11 percent inmates enrolled in the Achieve 180 program return to prison.