“I AM NOT FREE WHILE ANY WOMAN IS UNFREE, EVEN WHEN HER SHACKLES ARE VERY DIFFERENT FROM MY OWN.”

-Audre Lorde


MEET OUR NON-PROFIT PARTNER

WOMEN’s PRISON Association


Courtesy of the Women’s Prison Association

The Women’s Prison Association works with women at all stages of criminal justice involvement. WPA promotes alternatives to incarceration and helps women living in the community to avoid arrest or incarceration by making positive changes in their lives. Inside prison and jail, WPA is a source of support to women and a resource to them as they plan for release. After incarceration, women come to WPA for help to build the lives they want for themselves and their families in the community.

In 1845, WPA became the nation’s first organization dedicated solely to working with criminal justice-involved women and their families. Starting with the first halfway house for women, WPA has developed landmark programs, advocated for groundbreaking policies, and promoted forward-thinking strategies for responding to women in the criminal justice system. 

While the causes of criminal justice involvement have changed, WPA’s opportunities to intervene have been shaped by expanding knowledge, experience, and evidence of what works. WPA proudly continues the tradition of partnering with women to build better lives and safer tomorrows in a world where fewer women are incarcerated and involved in the criminal justice system. 


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