Action Committee For Women In Prison

Rating: 5 stars   29 reviews

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1249 N. Holliston Ave Pasadena CA 91104 USA


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

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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

Helping many women get their much deserved parole or clemency through our advocacy work.

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

Find a way to get them get the much needed funding so it can continue to help women in need.

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Most people in the public have no idea how inaccessible our justice system is. This is all the more so for those incarcerated. I have represented life-term inmates for the last 14 years and it is an incredibly difficult job. The statutory limitations and hurdles someone in prison has to go through just to get to court would be unbelievable to the average taxpayer. Because of my own work I recognize Gloria's personal story as being absolutely amazing - proving herself innocent while constrained behind bars. Because of this she has a unique point of view and truley understands how difficult it is even for the blatantly innocent to get justice. (It took Gloria 17 years to do it.) This organization provides help to those who desperately need it and who have no financial means to entice the legal community to take an interest. These clients, many innocent like Gloria, have absolutely no political power, and they are often the target of social animosity. And yet our success as a society depends upon not on our ability to incarcerate but our ability to provide a viable means for people to change and become functioning members of society. Without the reentry portion of the equation the entire prison system is a social failure. This is exactly the type of organization that makes our system work. And it's not a bloated government program, it's an non-profit!

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

I'm in the position to see the effects this organization has had on the actual women helped. I have seen the obsticles and pitfalls that often prevent even the best-intentioned parolees from making the transition back to society. Many of the women I have seen released have got to that point through the encouragement of Gloria & her work here, and many I know who have successfully made the transition back to contributing members of our community have done so with the help & support of this organization.

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

Simply get Gloria funding to expand her work and secure it so she can focus on the issues of helping others, which is what she is so good at.

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Gloria's first hand knowledge of the issues.

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

12 people found this review helpful

I am a wrongly convicted woman and know the true need for organizations such as this to help women who are wrongly convicted or unjustly sentenced. This is a great organization with many people who strive to make a difference.

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

helping free battered women who deserve their freedom.

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

Helping women and their children

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


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

change the way society looks at incarcerated women and help offer shelter to women and children who are victims of abuse.

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About every week

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