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Action Committee for Women in Prison
March 28, 2011

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!

The Great!

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.

Ways to make it better...

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.

More feedback

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

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

What is unique about this organization?

Gloria's first hand knowledge of the issues.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

MY ROLE:
Professional with expertise in this field & I have represented women lifers in parole hearing appeals for the last 14 years.