San Quentin Prison's first woman guard started work on Wednesday (7 March), but the prisoners don't like the idea.
CU New prison guard.
GTV Prisoners in yard.
LV & SCU Woman guard on gantry armed with rifle. (4 shots)
CU Mrs. Schnieder being interviewed.
"I feel comfortable, but I wish there were more women here to support me on the programme. I kind of feel that if there were more women around, things would be better."
REPORTER: "Do you think it's at all unfair to a man who has been locked up here for five years to see a woman walking around ?"
MRS. SCHNEIDER: "No, I do not, because I couldn't feel.....definitely feel that because they're locked up doesn't mean that they shouldn't see women. I kind of had a feeling that they'd like to talk to a woman now and then. (INAUDIBLE QUESTION) Not necessarily. If the woman handles herself right, I don't think it should be."
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Background: San Quentin Prison's first woman guard started work on Wednesday (7 March), but the prisoners don't like the idea.
Mrs. Wilma ruth Schneider applied for, and got the job. She has almost the same duties as her male colleagues. At 31 and a mother of three children, she says she doesn't see the job as a particularly dangerous one. She said before she began work that she felt her presence might help the prisoners, but the inmates had other ideas. They said that their right to privacy was being infringed. Specifically, they didn't like the idea of women supervising their showers.
She told newsmen at the prison she felt she would be able to do the job well.
SYNOPSIS: San Quentin Prison's first woman guard started work on Wednesday, but the inmates aren't too keen on the idea. Mrs. Wilma Schneider, a 31-year-old mother of three says the job's ideal. She told newsmen she felt the prisoners would get to like the idea of a girl as a guard.