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Aging behind bars

The "Golden Girls" are female inmates ages 55 and over who are serving time at the California Institution for Women. USC student Aileen Hongo is working hard to advocate for these geriatric prisoners. (Photo/Ron Levine)

Aileen Hongo calls them ladies. This small act of politeness may seem like nothing to most people. But as she sits in a folding chair next to these women, Hongo recognizes that for many of them, even the most basic courtesies may be all that they will ever know.