Action Committee for Women in Prison

Rating: 5 stars   29 reviews

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Location: 1249 N. Holliston Ave Pasadena CA 91104 USA

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
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EIN 77-0648455
626 710 7543
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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

One of the best organization supporting women in prison as well as when they get out. They help women find jobs and offer mentoring. Gloria is an amazing woman who spent 17 years before being exonerated for a murder she did not commit. They deserve every accolade that comes to them. They work very hard to help women get released who are wrongfully convicted or serving too much time for crimes that should have had minimum at best sentences.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I first met Gloria Killian (the founder and director of ACWIP) over a year and a half ago. She is truly an amazing woman whos' tireless efforts have served to assist a great many women who society has or would like to simply write off as lost causes.
Many of these women are as much if not more victims as they are criminals. Many are in prison for defending themselves and/or their children against abusive husbands/boyfriends.
Then there are the women who, because of their age or their medical condition, can not possibly be considered a danger to society. She believes that keeping these women inprisoned serves neither justice nor society and is simply inhumane.
In addition to raising; money for various projects such as her annual Christmas project, (she makes sure that the women in prison and their children all receive christmas presents), she also champions their cause around the world speaking out to anyone and everyone who will listen. She testified several times in front of a number of committees about the need for Prison Reform and is in constant demand by universities and other groups on the subject.
In doing so she has enlightened a great many people to the plight of these women.
As if this isn't enough, she also co-hosts a weekly internet radio program "Women behind the Wall" which has a worldwide audience.
Her one goal in life is informs the public of the terrible injustices that are inflicted upon women prisoners in this country

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

meeting many of the women who have been helped by Gloria.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

see that it received enough funding to accomplish it's goals.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Gloria Killian, founder of ACWIP, is a courageous woman who is not afraid to face the issues of overincarceration, the plight of many of the women in prison, the wrongfully convicted, and the general abuses on all fronts in the prison system. She is educated, passionate and comes from a position of first hand experience after being wrongfully convicted for over seventeen years for a crime that she did not commit. I have had the opportunity to hear her speak several times and am always impressed with her dedication to this worthy cause. She has the solution to many of the problems facing the present U S prison system not just in California but around the country and around the world. I have also heard her internet radio show and she is an articulate and knowledgeable commentator.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

witnessing the good that this organization has done and continues to do. ACWIP provides hope for the hopeless and needs for the needy.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

somehow get it more publicity.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

How did you learn about this organization?

from my daughter.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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12 people found this review helpful

Gloria is a beautiful and smart woman who has taken a tragedy and turned it into a triumphant cause for those who no longer have a voice or vote in this climate of over incarceration. On this day, as former military, I salute Gloria and ACWIP for their courage. I have been at several fund raisers and always in awe of the stories that I hear from her and others that have survived this system.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

witnessing the good that this organization has done and continues to do. ACWIP provides hope for the hopeless and needs for the needy.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

beyond wonderful.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-11-01

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9 people found this review helpful

The Action Committee for Women in Prison (ACWIP) has had a huge impact on the lives of incarcerated women everywhere because of the programs they bring into the prison. Christmas time is one of the most difficult times for women in prison, and the little bit of cheer that we receive is provided by ACWIP. Each year every incarcerated woman in Southern California receives a gift bag from ACWIP and they also provide toys for our children who come to visit during the holidays. I got a pen pal through the organization who really lifted my spirits, and ACWIP also paid for my college books enabling me to obtain an AA degree while in prison. ACWIP made a big difference for me during the time I was in prison and helped me turn my life around.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

yes

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

see to it that every women in prison in the country could benefit from they assistance

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

they made me feel special.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

kind, caring, and dedicated

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

help all the womem serving time in prisons in the country

Ways to make it better...

if there were more volunteers providing services

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

too many women in need of their services

One thing I'd also say is that...

these volunteers made me feel like I was worth helping, They made me feel human again.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

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10 people found this review helpful

My name is Lawrence Brantlinger and I'm a volunteer with the Action Committee for Women in Prison. I first became aware of this organization last July and have been doing what I can to assist in this cause for the past few months. ACWIP advocates for humane and compassionate treatment for all incarcerated women. In addition we also seek the establishment of developemental programs to improve the lives and prospects of these women both inside and out. One of the great tragedies in our country are the literally tens of thousands of women who our society has inprisoned and forgotten, the vast majority of which do not present any threat to our society. In some cases these women are actually innocent, it other cases these women acted out of desperation. Few are inclined towards violence. ACWIP offers a pen pal program, a greeting card program, whereby every woman serving 10 years or more gets a birthday card and a Christmas card, and a college book program that buys textbooks for incarcerated women who are taking college courses. Many of these women, victims of physical and/or sexual abuse, are there because they dared to rise up against their abusers in the only way, they believed, they could. They struck back against their abusers when the abuser was most vunerable. These women were defending themselves and in some cases their children as well, but since our Legal Justice System does not permit a plea of self defense unless the threat to life is immediate, their actions to free themselves from their abusers landed them in prison and in some cases even on Death Row. Their actions are acts of desperation and are understandable since many times when a woman attempts to defend herself against her abuser she can expect to be seriously injured or killed. ACWIP conducts the largest Christmas project in the United States delivering about 3000 gift bags to women in Southern California prisons and camps. The Director personally offers "Council" to women at the California Institution for Women on a monthly basis to reassure them that many of us have not forgotten them and that we are struggling to aid them in any way we can. There are also many women imprisoned who are infirmed and/or elderly, some suffer from terminal illnesses and have very little time left. Their imprisonment is of no benefit to society and in fact often costs the state far more to keep them locked up then it would to release them back into society where they could be cared for by their family and friends in the final years of their lives. The Action Committee for Women In Prison (AWCIP) is the creation of Gloria Killian, an extraordinary woman, who spent 17 years in prison herself for a crime she didn't commit. She was exenorated in 2002. Upon her release she vowed that she would do everything in her power to aid all the wrongfully imprisoned women, whether guilty of a crime or not, every where. She and other members of this organization now work tirelessly to keep that promise. ACWIP also produces a weekly international radio show WOMEN BEHIND THE WALL, that has thousands of supporters around the world, and presents issues of incarcerated women in a lively discussion format. On this program (WOMEN BEHIND THE WALL) ACWIP fights for the parole release and the compassionate release for women who pose no threat to society. They also conduct public education and awareness events educating people of the often inhuman and barbaric conditions that many of these women face in these institutions.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My only experience has been in meeting some of the women that ACWIP has helped after their release from prison.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

If I could I would increased their funding and their staff.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the number of women who this organization has assisted in regaining their freedom and lives

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

dedicated, effective and filled with a sense of love and compassion

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

greatly increase the awareness of society to the plight of these women. Influence badly needed changes in both the Criminal Justice system and in the Prison reform movement.

Ways to make it better...

ACWIP had greater funding and additional staff.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

inadequate funding.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I am proud to be a volunteer with ACWIP. The work we do is extremely important and is based upon a mixture of both compassion and justice

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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