Just outside of Guadalajara, Mexico is a woman’s prison (Reclusorio Feminil) where close to 700 women reside (2015 population figure). The center for prevention and re-adaptation feminil (CPRF) is located within a compound of four prisons; three for men, and this fourth one for women.
The women’s prison was built to hold approximately 250 people, so it is overcrowded. The prison has women who are sentenced for all types of crimes from violent to drug-related to white collar crimes, such as fraud and money laundering.
Women with mental health problems are here together with all kinds of other detainees as well as sentenced with unsentenced and guilty with innocent.
Because of the extremely long Mexican legal process, and bias toward condemnatory sentences, a lot of time passes before any final outcome is ever obtained in any case. It is a terrible burden on the individual which adversely affects the health (mental, physical, and emotional) of the prisoner detained.
I know what that experience is all about. (See the article Lemonade from Lemons by clicking on the tab About Original Friends dolls above). I'm dedicating my time and efforts since her exoneration and release toward teaching these women to use the creative process to provide an income, build self esteem and thus to combat hopeless legal situations.
My name is Rebecca Roth. I am an author, poet, artist, and most importantly a doll maker/designer. I live and work in the central highlands of Mexico.