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  

1 person found this review helpful

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!

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A lot

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2012

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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!

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Likely

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

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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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.

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Gloria has brought me into the broader nationwide Innocence Network group. She's invited me to participate in the first ever Women and Innocence held in Michigan, Nov. 2010. She's invited me to appear on her blogtalk radio show several times. A unique show that is helpful to many with it's broad global reach. With the show she has brought greater public awareness that has rallied people to take action, write letters, make phone calls to Governors, Prison Directors, etc. -resulting in success!

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

Give them more money and get more people involved with the cause to help incarcerated women.

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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.

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

Month after month, year after year, I've just seen Gloria "show up".

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

If I had more personal resources (material and spiritual) I would simply drop everything in my life and follow Gloria's lead! But unfortunately I have no insight into organization changes needed here.

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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

I think thatthe presenters should state all that they do for acwip and list when donations are needed for various projects.Supporters of Palestine are organising a week long intensive course to try to train 500 more knowledgeable supporters.Perhaps acwip could do the same.The radio show is excellent .I have listened to all of them albeit the technical hitches.

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

that I have gained much new awareness of a subject rarely mentioned anywhere and I now write to some people in jail.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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