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Behind the Walls

Dec 9, 2019

For the most part, prisons and jails are built for men. But as much as the carceral system fails them, experts say it might fail women even more. That's why some jails are shifting to a "gender-responsive" model, paying attention to women's needs and how they're different from men's. On this episode, host Keri Blakinger talks with Major Sally Peña and Captain Maria Velasquez at the Travis County Jail in Austin, where officials are trying to build a new, gender-responsive women's jail.