We are committed to ending the mass
incarceration of women & girls.

The United States is the global leader in
locking up women & girls.

One third of the world’s women prisoners are locked up in the U.S. even though just 4% of the world’s female population lives here. In Pennsylvania, the incarceration rate of women and girls exceeds that of every other nation on earth. 

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172,700

Women & girls are incarcerated in prisons, jails, & juvenile facilities across the U.S.

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86%

Of incarcerated women are the victims of prior sexual assault & gender violence. 

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2/3

Of women in prison are mothers to children under the age of 18.

WHAT WE DO

Direct Assistance

Expert assistance for women and girls fighting wrongful convictions and unjust sentences. We offer research, strategy, and expert testimony.

Research & Public Policy Advocacy

Policy-relevant research on gender and mass incarceration that centers and amplifies the voices of incarcerated and formerly incarcerated women and girls.

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Education & Training

Educational programming, training, and technical assistance for stakeholders including families, advocates, students, attorneys, and members of the judiciary.

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You can read with us! Our Director @jill.mccorkel is teaching a seminar in Wrongful Conviction this semester @villanovau We’ll post weekly reading assignments here so you can follow along🤓📚#themoreyouknow ...

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A little snow won’t keep us away from this. Ex-Philly homicide detective James Pitts is facing perjury charges for alleged misconduct on the job. We’re very familiar with Pitts—he was lead det on India Spellman’s case & bears much of the responsibility for her wrongful conviction. His trial is scheduled for later this month. 👀 #wrongfulconviction ...

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What kind of extremist are you? ...

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Transportation to SCI Mahanoy & Greene for friends & families in Philly courtesy of @prisonsociety ...

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Ida taught us. ...

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We Stand with Brittany Watts ...

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Just came across this image titled “Women’s School Jail” from the Library of Congress. They estimate it was taken 1909-1940 & it comes from a photo archive that focused primarily on images of Washington DC. Our best guess is that this might be federal women’s prison at Alderson. Anyone have other guesses? ...

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There’s still time to donate to help us meet our year end fundraising goals. We cannot do this work without your support. We led the advocacy & organizing effort to free India Spellman which in February 2023 resulted in her exoneration. This year we’re hoping to raise enough to do the same for Kim Joynes, Nadirah Shaw, & Sylvia Boykin. Help us bring women home to their children & families ❤️. Link in bio. ...

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Thank you to each & every one of you for all the ways you collaborated with us this year--from signing petitions & writing letters of support for commutations to tracking down long lost witnesses & helping us hire experts & high quality lawyers, from joining us in court to sending mail to our incarcerated clients. You are our village. We could not do this work without you. ❤️ ...

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Nationally women are the fastest growing population in prisons & jails. This was also the case in Pennsylvania until the beginning of the pandemic. During the pandemic years the number of women sent to PA state prisons declined (although not so much in county jails). We hope this is a trend & not a temporary blip. We’ll be following the latest data updates from the DOC 🕵️🔎 ...

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CORRECTION: she was just 19 years old. Kim’s case is one of the most unusual & confounding prosecutions we’ve ever encountered (and that’s saying something given that we’re from Philly where prosecutors like Roger King destroyed countless numbers of people’s lives without concern for things like facts & evidence 😩). This isn’t a straightforward case which makes it hard to present in Instagram-friendly snapshots. Nonetheless, over the next few months we’ll post the story of this case & will be encouraging all of you to get involved. Kim has done 44 years & counting in prison. The killer in this case was released decades ago… and if that sounds familiar, yup, Sylvia Boykin’s case shares some of the same parallels… Stay tuned. #survivedandpunished #wrongfulconviction ...

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CHANGE OF DATE: our coalition event has been rescheduled to Dec 11. Please join us for a compelling & urgent discussion of why closing the women’s jail is not only possible but necessary. @swrfreedomco ...

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It’s #givingtuesday & we hope that you’ll donate to support our efforts to free wrongfully convicted & wrongfully incarcerated women & girls. We use your donations to offset legal costs (attorney’s fees, private investigators, expert witnesses), provide compensation for our network of “inside advisors” who collaborate with us on our quarterly agenda, as well as provide travel support for children & families of incarcerated women & girls for prison visits & to attend the annual @innocencenetwork conference. We can’t do this without you. Please consider donating today. Link in bio. ...

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Hoodies R Here!!! ...

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As always, we are so incredibly thankful to all of you ❤️ #phillyjusticesquad ...

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