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

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

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


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


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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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We are excited to announce this upcoming event at the Friends Center on Dec 7 from 6-8 pm. Philadelphia jails are in crisis & conditions have rapidly deteriorated to the point that people’s lives are in immediate danger. This is not a “fixable” problem. It’s time to strategize closing the jails and we must begin with the women and others who are survivors of gender-based violence. Please join us! ...

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Voters in Ohio resoundingly voted to protect abortion rights in the state. AY OH WAY TO GO OHIO 👏👏👏 ...

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Members of our undergrad chapter @villanovau gathered in court this morning for a hearing in the criminal case against former Philly homicide detective James Pitts. Pitts as you may recall has been accused of (among other things) coercing false confessions from innocent people. He played a central role in the wrongful conviction of India Spellman & we are looking into other cases he’s worked on. Unfortunately today’s hearing in his case was delayed 😒. Trust that we’ll be there the next time he’s back in court. ...

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Let this sink in: “… BREACH ALL STANDARDS OF HUMANE CONFINEMENT.” #philadelphiadepartmentofprisons #remick ...

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Did you know we’re part of the @_stillwerise coalition here in Philly? Yesterday we joined several of our fellow coalition members to discuss the most recent report from the court-appointed monitor of the Philadelphia Jail system. The monitor’s conclusions are damning. The jails are severely understaffed which is aggravating conditions that are inhumane & rapidly escalating human suffering. This is an ongoing problem & one that cannot be solved by adding more staff (they’ve tried & failed to do that for 3+ years). The only way to move forward is to decarcerate starting with the 292 women who are struggling in a situation that grows more desperate by the day. More info to come… ...

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Ummm…. WHAT??? #readingisfundamental ...

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With new membership on @boardofpardons we’re closely watching this week’s public hearings for commutation applicants. We urge to board to broaden commutation opportunities for all the deserving applicants. We believe in #secondchances You can watch the hearings live. Link@in our bio. ...

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On #indigenouspeoplesday we want to celebrate the art of @niatero & the activism of Deb Abrahamson & Twa-le Abrahamson-Swan & this brilliant collaboration, Thriving People, Thriving Places for @amplifierart ...

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Narges Mohammadi has just been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her fight against the oppression of women in Iran & her fight to promote human rights and freedom for all. She is currently serving a 10 year prison sentence in Tehran for her feminist activism. She’s been convicted 5 times, arrested 13 times, & sentenced to a total of 31 years in prison and 154 lashes. 3 more cases were opened against her this year. Still she doesn’t give up & still she doesn’t stop fighting. #sayhername #womenlifefreedom ...

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Do you keep a phone hidden for safety? If so, it’s important to know that today at 2:20 pm EST the National Emergency Alert System will run a test. Your phone will vibrate & make a loud sound. The only way to avoid this is to completely turn the phone off before 2:20 pm. Leave it off for at least 30 minutes. #domesticviolence #domesticviolenceawareness #intimatepartnerviolence ...

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It’s #wrongfulconvictionday & the leaders of our undergrad chapter @villanovau are selling cookies by the Oreo to support our work. Please swing by & show them some love (and buy some cookies!!!) 💙🍪 ...

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Today is International Wrongful Conviction day. Did you know we have an undergraduate chapter @villanovau that is dedicated to helping overturn wrongful convictions as well as preventing them from happening in the first place? If you’re on campus swing by our table at the Oreo & learn more about wrongful convictions & how you can support our work. Plus, cookies!! #wrongfulconvictionday #wrongfulconviction ...

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