Doctors with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation sterilized nearly 150 female inmates from 2006 to 2010 without required state approvals. Critics say officials targeted women deemed likely to return to prison.
For some families, seeing an image of their incarcerated relative for the first time in years has sparked renewed hope and revived dormant family connections. For others, the photographs are a shocking reminder of the length of time some inmates have been held in isolation.
Until recently, California state prisons were so packed that inmates were living literally on top of each other. In May 2011, the Supreme Court ordered California to drastically reduce its inmate population.
Under court order to ease prison overcrowding, California shifted responsibility for thousands of felons to local counties. Since then, the state inmate population has dropped dramatically. But there's a growing disparity over how realignment is affecting counties.