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Review for Action Committee For Women In Prison, Pasadena, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

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!

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Role:  Board Member & Treasurer and CPA.