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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229,053

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.

Education & Training

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

It’s #faqfriday & today we’re answering a question we frequently get: what is commutation? #secondchances ...

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Happy birthday Angela Davis!!! ...

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New data from the Bureau of Justice Statistics shows that women are much more likely to be killed by an intimate partner than men are (34% female murder victims v 6% of male murder victims). ...

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SMDH. One of the women who now fears for her family’s safety has just filed a lawsuit against him in federal court. We applaud her bravery & stand with her & all the women this man abused. #metoo #metoomassincarceration ...

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This quote comes from a speech Dr. King delivered in 1968 in Washington DC called “A proper sense of priorities.” In it, he contrasted our scientific progress & material abundance with our moral & spiritual lag. King focused on the war in Vietnam. However that same disconnect is even more pronounced today & is most glaringly obvious in a different sort of violence—the violence of mass incarceration. We are committed to ending mass incarceration not because it’s a popular or safe position to take (it’s not). We do it because it is the right thing to do. ...

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Thanks to our friend @maggiefreleng for writing this important op Ed describing the horrors of pregnancy behind bars. The maltreatment, neglect, & cruelty that incarcerated pregnant people experience is without question cruel & unusual punishment in violation of the 8th Amendment. @rollingstone ...

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Brittany Smith killed the man who beat, raped, & choked her into unconscious in self defense. The state of Alabama rejected her Stand Your Ground Defense & charged (& convicted) her of murder. The story of this case is now available on Netflix. It’s an excellent example of why we at Philly Justice Project do what we do. Have you watched it yet? What did you think? #brittanysmith #survivedandpunished ...

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We did it!! Thanks to everyone who donated to our year end fundraiser!! We are so excited to expand our Inside Advisor Program!! Wishing everyone a very happy, healthy, & just New Year!! ...

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TW: Sexual Assault. Earlier this month a U.S. Senate subcommittee chaired by @jonossoff released the results of its 8 month investigation into the sexual assault & abuse of women incarcerated in federal prisons. The findings are damning. #metoo #survivedandpunished ...

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Friends, we really need your support. The money we raise during the holiday season supports our efforts throughout the coming year to free incarcerated survivors of sexual assault & gender violence. We can’t do this without you. Please donate today, it only takes a second. 🙏🎅🤶🌲 Link to donate in bio. ...

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TW: Sexual Assault. Ray Garcia ran a “rape club” while he was the warden of the federal women’s prison in Dublin, CA. He’s been convicted of 8 counts of sexual assault & abuse of women incarcerated in the facility. Three other men have pleaded guilty. The prison chaplain was also convicted & sentenced to seven years. Garcia faces a possible 15 year sentence. ...

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BG’s plane landed in TX!!! We are genuinely thrilled for her & her family. Did you know that Texas incarcerates more women than any other state in the US? The problem isn’t confined to Russia… #freebrittneygriner ...

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She’s free & on her way home!!!! #freebrittneygriner ...

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Are you interested in helping to overturn wrongful convictions? This virtual conference hosted by @innocenceproject is the perfect opportunity to get educated & hone your advocacy skills. We’ll be attending. Look for opportunities to volunteer/intern with us in Spring 2023. We fight on behalf of wrongfully incarcerated women & girls. Registration details @innocenceproject #wrongfulconviction ...

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How can we make the world a better place this holiday season? Our answer begins with empowering & uplifting the most vulnerable members of our community—incarcerated survivors of violence, abuse, & poverty. #freeher #metoo ...

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We are so grateful to our donors, collaborators, volunteers, supporters, squad members, allies, & students. We could not do this work without you ❤️ ...

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Today is #transdayofremembrance & we are horrified by last night’s mass shooting at Club Q, as well as by hateful anti trans rhetoric deployed by politicians & their acolytes. May the victims rest in power. ...

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