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Nonprofit Overview

Mission: Advocates for humane and compassionate treatment of women in prison; collaborates with other organizations dedicated to reforming the criminal justice system, and works for the release of women prisoners who pose no danger to society; informs and educates the public; and promotes a shift of focus from punishment to rehabilitation and restorative justice

Geographic areas served: California

Community Stories

29 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Madge W.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Wonderful group of women doing amazing things to help women in prison and when they get out. Support compassionate release and have a radio show for and by incarcerated women. A great organization.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been mentoring women parolees and have been interested in wrongfully convicted women in prison or those serving time way above the normal amount of time required. This organization helps women in prison and those on the outside. We give gifts to women in prison for Christmas and use our volunteers and donors to petition to get women out of prison. Also, we have a radio show that os by and for women that have been in prison and also exonerated. Please check us out on ACWIP.net.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Wonderful cause for so many who need it. I would like to see more wrongfully convicted women released and exonerated. Keep up the great work!

Jennifer213

Board Member

Rating: 5

ACWIP is a beacon of light in a world often forgotten. By helping incarcerated women, the wrongfully convicted, and their families, ACWIP is a strong, driving force within a justice system that needs more "justice". Gloria's dedication and commitment to women in prison is unwavering! I cannot give a high enough review.

1 Maya N.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I cannot imagine a more worthy purpose than to extend the hand of help and friendship of incarcerated women. So many of them are in there for crimes that harm no one -- close probation would have better served them and their communities. An attempt to help them out of the situations that had landed them in trouble in the first place would have been even better.

Nonetheless, what is done is done; now the focus must be in helping these women, who just really want happy lives and to be mothers to their children again succeed on the outside. This program does just that. It does so much, but probably the most important is a mentoring program that pairs women on the outside with the newly released. Much of what allows us to succeed in this world is a matter of skill and these are not things one learns when one is extremely impoverished or imprisoned. Give a woman the tools to make it, and generally, she will.

This is one of the very best nonprofits in my my opinion--I would love to see more just like it!

1 Amy_42

Board Member

Rating: 5

There are so many changes that need to be made within our "justice" system and prison system. ACWIP is focusing on positive change that helps those that have been wrongly convicted due to innocence, abuse, and more. ACWIP also focuses on second chances and starting over so lives are changed for the better going forward. Cycles will never be broken without people and programs that bring about positive change. This is such important work for generations of women.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

ACWIP and director Gloria Killian focus on not only helping women inside prison, but also on upon their release. ACWIP exhibits the upmost care, and attention to detail in all their projects and individual client cases including; medical conditions and situations inside prison and legal cases including appeals. Personally, I have been working with director Gloria Killian on a new re-entry project where we will employ women coming out of prison to make designer handbags. Gloria has a vision of creating a space that offers life/work skill workshops, and work, so the women can implement their lives more gracefully back into the world. I am very impressed with the work this non profit is doing, whether it's offering world-wide pen pals to women inside prison, or the Christmas project that gives a care package to each women inside Southern California's prisons.

1 bmbrown

Board Member

Rating: 5

ACWIP helps the country know about the problems and concerns of women in prison. Many incarcerated women had been abused. Some had been drug abusers which had lead to their cycle of crime. ACWIP works with legislators and other public officials to inform and educate about the unique situations of women in prison. ACWIP brings attention to the oversentencing and lack of attention that is given to women that have become incarcerated.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Action Committee for Women in Prison, started by Gloria Killian is just what the name says...an action committee for the growing number of women in prison in this country. Gloria Killian was wrongfully convicted and served over seventeen years of her life in prison for a crime that she did not commit. In prison, she helped other inmates and when finally released vowed to help other incarcerated women. She is a dedicated activist for those who do not have a voice. She co-hosts a weekly internet radio show where stories are told of the injustices that continue to happen. She speaks from authority and firsthand knowledge of what the problems in the prison systems are and she is also an respected international speaker on these topics of women in prison, wrongful convictions, and the need to ban the death penalty.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Gloria Killian is an outstanding woman, who has used her exoneration to help many others nationwide and abroad. She was the featured speaker at our first Freedom March for the Wrongfully Convicted, held in June 2009 at the Arizona State Capitol, as well as, helping to start the California Freedom March at the same time. Her modesty belies the tremendous impact her work is having for incarcerated women, the wrongfully convicted and the innocent behind bars. Her leadership is much needed in the broader scope of National Criminal Justice Reform. No woman has her first hand experience of living almost 20 behind bars and now in a position that could help policy and lawmakers understand the reality why the United States must reform it's laws and restore fair justice.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Gloria Killian is a terrific campaigner for prison reform. I have known her for nearly a decade through our church, where she has tirelessly led the prison ministry in a way I can only call inspiring. Christians are called to be a voice for the marginalized and the victimized. I wish there were no victims in our prisons, but alas, life is not so simple and easy as that. Women have been especially hurt in the scandal of our "corrections" system, and attending to that has been Gloria's special mission.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am the executive director of 4justicenow, the Fl, NY,NJ chapters of the Action Committee for Women in Prison. This organization does more for helping women and children than any other organization in the field. Both Gloria and I were wrongly convicted and we work tirelessly to give voice to the women we left behind. Most of the women we advocate for are victims of horrendous abuse and many are in prison for crimes their abusers committed. In most cases they have been totally alienated from their children. This nonprofit is truly GREAT for the work of helping incarcerated women. The largest growing segment of prison population and most often forgotten.