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

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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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

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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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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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.

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

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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1 person found this review helpful

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.

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?

2012

 
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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.

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?

2012

 
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1 person found this review helpful

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.

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

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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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.

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

seeing direct results of ACWIP's actions and attention with the release of several women who would still be incarcerated if it were not for Gloria's and ACWIP's commitment and publicity to the cause.

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

some how obtain more publicity and more funds.

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?

2011

 
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9 people found this review helpful

Gloria Killian, ACWIP (Action Committee for Women in Prison) talks the talk and walks the walk. She's the real deal. After serving over seventeen years for a crime that she had nothing to do with, Gloria vowed to help the 'sisters' she left behind. Her mission is to bring attention to the out of control American prison system. She/ACWIP fights for freedom for elderly and infirm inmates, the wrongfully convicted and most of all battered women whose main 'crime' was to save their own lives and many times the lives of their children. Personally, she has been a pillar of strength for me as I have been living with a loved one's wrongful conviction. Professionally, she has spoken to many of my classes and educated the students about these judicial inequities. She cohosts a weekly radio show on Blogtalkradio/4justicenow and her website www.acwip.net are frontline sources for knowing whose case needs attention and action.

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

seeing direct results of ACWIP's actions and attention with the release of several women who would still be incarcerated if it were not for Gloria's and ACWIP's commitment and publicity to the cause.

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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I first met Gloria Killian when I attended a Faces of Wrongful Conviction conference several years ago. She and several other exonerees told their stories. Gloria spent 17 years in prison for a crime she did not commit, and was ultimately exonerated and released into society. I imagine it would be tough to regain any semblance of normalcy after such an experience. But rather than feel sorry for herself after being the victim of such a travesty of justice, Gloria has dedicated her life to helping other women in prison. She does not limit her compassion to those who, like her, were innocent. She works for the rights of all prisoners, tirelessly advocating to the legislature and spreading the word to all who will listen about prison conditions and tremendous problems with the parole system.

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

I have met women who were released from prison because of Gloria's advocacy on their behalf. She is changing lives for the better.

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

fund it so that Gloria would have the means to travel and spend more time informing people in positions of power about the need for reform in our prisons.

 
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12 people found this review helpful

After hearing Gloria Killian speak about her wrongful conviction and her experience as an exoneree, I began to attend ACWIP's monthly meetings. I learned about all of the concrete and tangible things this organization is doing for women in prison, like the Pen Pal project and the Christmas gift bags. I began to contribute in small ways and eventually became a board member. We have put on fundraisers including a production of the play "Prison of the Mind", which encouraged audience members to think about and discuss the various aspects of the death penalty. ACWIP is an amazing organization led by a truly extraordinary woman, Gloria Killian.

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

helping to put together the holiday gift bags for all of the women in California's prisons.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

 
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11 people found this review helpful

Gloria Killian, ACWIP's founder, is taking the tragic events of her own life and turning them into an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of women in prison everywhere. Her energy and positive force is something to behold.

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

seeing how small gifts can make a huge difference.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

 
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12 people found this review helpful

The Action Committee for Women in Prison is a great organization. I am a Board Member and founder/director of the pen pal program of ACWIP, which matches up women outside of prison with women serving prison terms in California. Although most of our outside pen pals live in the United States, we have women from all over the world who have joined our group. I spend at least five hours a week involved in this activity. I find this activity very enjoyable because I meet so many interesting and compassionate women (via letters and email), Here is something that any woman (and particularly older women) can do from the comfort and safety of her own home, in less than a half hour of time, costing only a $.44 stamp!

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

Both the organization and the Pen Pal Project have grown enormously and I have become friends with many outside pen pals from all over the world

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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16 people found this review helpful

As a long time Board member, I wholeheartedly attest to strides and achievements made by ACWIP. Gloria Killian, founder of ACWIP, was released from prison in 2002, after have served 16 years on a sentence of 32 year to life for a crime that she did not commit. She is painfully and intimately aware of abuse and injustice prevalent in our criminal justice system, particularly as it relates to women inmates. And from this knowledge and passion for justice, ACWIP was born. The mission of ACWIP is summed up in it's acronym. Advocates for humane and compassionate treatment of all incarcerated womn. Collaborates with other organization dedicated to reforming the criminal justice system. Works for the release of individual women prisoners who pose no danger to society. Informs and educates the public; develops and lobbies for new legislation. Promotes a shift of focus from punishment to rehabilitation. ACWIP has, is and will continue its efforts to achieve these overarching mission goals, but simultaneously also touches neglected and forgotten incarcerated women on a personal level. It provides assistance with college book purchases. Well over 400 pen pals have been established. The greeting card project ensures that women serving a sentence of 12 years or more receive at least one Birthday card and one Christmas card. Well over 1500 Christmas gift bags along with toys for their children are distributed along with organizing visits with their children. All of these activities help the women stay in touch with their communities, giving them the comfort of knowing they have not been forgotten. ACWIP is most definately an organization that serves to empower the women that it serves!

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

successful community collaberations, achieving inroads with government officials and legislators, informative venues for increasing public awareness and the release and transitioning of women parolees.

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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9 people found this review helpful

I have known Gloria Killian for about 8 years now, and she continues to impress me with her work on behalf of women in prison. Gloria's passion for incarcerated women is contagious, and after hearing her story of wrongful conviction and the work she now does to raise consciousness about women's imprisonment I began to work with her. I continue to work with her and students to raise money for women in prison... Gloria goes to legislative hearings, raises money to bring women in prison Christmas presents and resources during the year, and keeps in contact with them on a regular basis. This is a terrific nonprofit.

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

having Gloria Killian speak to my students on campus, which helped to raise awareness about women's incarceration. Gloria also worked to catapult "Prisoner Awareness Month" during the month of October, with a specific emphasis on women.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

 
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