Read more opinion on CNN. CNN Felicity Huffman's sentence of 14 days of prison time for participating in a college-admissions cheating scheme made international news. But the headlines about women prisoners we most need are about the degrading treatment of the nearlywomen already in state and federal prisons, many of whose pleas for protection are being ignored.
Tutwiler Prison for Women in Wetumpka, Alabama, has long had the highest rate of sexual assault in the U.
Stacy Rojas can still smell the chewing tobacco from the prison guard who spit on them three years ago during an incident in which guards allegedly subjected Rojas and their two cellmates to hours of sexual humiliation, harassment, and physical abuse. Along with their female cellmates who are still inside, Rojas filed a lawsuit over the episode in November The case was referred to Magistrate Judge Jennifer L. Thurston in July and a hearing is set to take place Wednesday.
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