Chowchilla Women's Prison Investigation Finds "Systemic Abuse”

The wardens at California’s two major women’s prisons have retired amid allegations of pervasive problems at both institutions, including sexual abuse of female inmates at one prison and suicides at the other.

U.S. News reported that the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation “fired at least six male correctional officers for sexually abusing women in their custody between 2014 and 2018.”

But, according to inmate advocates, the problem of sexual abuse by [prison] staff is more rampant than the records show because few officers get reported or investigated.

A recent case involved Correctional Officer Israel Trevino, whom an inmate accused of groping her buttocks after putting her in wrist restraints.

On another occasion, Trevino had allegedly tried to pull up a woman’s shirt and put his hand down her pants.

According to the inmate, “Trevino squeezed her buttocks over her clothing while escorting her [to the shower] and tried to get her to expose her breasts and vagina.”

Trevino, who had worked at the prison for a decade, was subsequently fired in 2018 for sexual misconduct, but criminal charges were never brought.

The list of abusive acts cited includes:

  • Sexually harassing comments
  • Groping and fondling
  • Sexual assault, including oral sex and rape

Correctional Officers are prohibited by law from having any sexual contact with inmates, who cannot legally consent to relations.


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Investigations at California’s largest prison for women into sexual abuse and assault claims are continuing—a probe that identified at least 22 potential victims has been moved out of the prison.

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Warned for making sexually harassing comments to inmates?

A former offending correctional officer was responsible for escorting inmates from their cells to their appointments and to the shower.

The list of abuse includes:

Sexually harassing comments

Groping and fondling

Sexual assault

Oral sex


What is sexual abuse?

Hugging or kissing without consent

Unwanted sexual touching

Unwanted violent sexual activity

Victim is under the influence, unconscious

Physical sexual assault or molestation

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Sexual Abuse FAQ: Questions About Inmate Abuse at Chowchilla Women's Prison

How does inmate sexual abuse occur?

A former victim reported that the officer, a captain at the prison, would take her to private areas of the facility to abuse her out of sight of surveillance cameras.

Why are some victims afraid to report?

Many fear getting placed in solitary confinement if they tried to report the officer and were aware of other women who were punished for reporting abuse.

What are some other dangers of reporting?

The slow pace of accountability for inmate sexual abuse, combined with limited resources for internal investigators, puts inmates at continued risk.

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