WLRPPA is dedicated to supporting Pennsylvania Women Lifer's who want to share their positive experiences, personal growth, and to assist the women in seeking a second chance.
Who are we?
We are mothers, grandmothers, daughters, sisters, aunts.
We are beloved family members
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LIFE CYCLES TOWARD FREEDOM
A collaboration between Let’s Get Free and the Women Lifer’s Resume Project.
The following Life Cycles Toward Freedom videos were made possible by financial support from The Open Society Foundation, The Pittsburgh Foundation and The Opportunity Fund.
Pennsylvania’s Commutation Process: Naomi Blount’s Experience takes you through one woman’s journey of the lengthy and laborious steps of achieving freedom from a life sentence. Naomi Blount was the second woman to receive commutation in the last 30 years and celebrated her 1 year freedom anniversary July 5 of 2020. Lt. Governor John Fetterman, a leader in PA’s commutation reform, is also featured in this film as well as Brandon Flood the Secretary of the Board of Pardons.
June 2020 by Tusko Films in collaboration with Life Cycles Toward Freedom
Visit : Life Cycles Towards Freedom and #SecondChances Campaign website,
a collaboration between Let’s Get Free and the Women Lifer’s Resume Project, made possible by financial support from The Open Society Foundation, The Pittsburgh Foundation, and The Opportunity Fund.
Let's Get Free Art Contest
Let’s Get Free art contest raises awareness for women sentenced to life without parole
There were 5,461 people sentenced to life without parole in Pennsylvania in 2017, according to a report by New York University’s Center on the Administration of Law. This sentence — known as death by incarceration — leaves prisoners with very limited opportunities to be released before dying in prison of old age. (read more)
ETTA MYERS STORY
Lady Lifers (SCI Muncy)
ETTA MYERS STORY
Etta Myers spent an additional 25 years in a Maryland prison after first recommended for parole in 1989
COMMUTATION IN PA
Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman and Secretary of the Board of Pardons, Brandon Flood walk you step by step through the Pardons Application Process.
Worth watching for anyone interested in receiving a Pardon in Pennsylvania!
SCI-Muncy inmates reveal stories of medical neglect, high cancer rates
Muncy, Pa. -- “Shavonne had a great sense of humor. She really liked her friends. What you see is what you got with her. She was a straight shooter. She was well liked at Muncy,” said Ellen Melchiondo, a volunteer from the Pennsylvania Prison Society. She recently spoke about Shavonne Robbins, one of the many inmates she became acquainted with at the women’s State Correctional Institute – Muncy.
Robbins is one of the recent cancer deaths among women who served time at Muncy. She died on December 15, 2019 at the age of 43 after battling several years with a rare abdominal mucous cancer. Robbins, who was serving a life sentence, was at Muncy for 25 years before being released in 2017. READ MORE
Message from WLRP
Physical and Mental Health issues continue to be a concerning factor as women age behind prison walls. Are they getting the proper care needed to remain healthy? What type of physical and mental health issues do they face every day?
The women were asked if they would like to share some of their health issues in order to better inform the public about living life behind prison walls. Positive responses were received so, Health Report is now a new topic added on the resume'. The written resume' assessments of the women's health issues do not necessarily represent diagnosis made by the medical community but they do identify personal health conditions of which, through pain and uncertainty, the women continue to progressively work through in their quest for continuing education and living as active working participants within their prison community - as they continue to pray that one day, in the near future, they will be blessed with the opportunity to take their skills and knowledge to the outside communities.
LETTERS OF SUPPORT
Letters of Support from family members, loved ones and friends are very much welcomed and will also be included on the WLRP website.
If you wish to participate, there are some areas to consider when writing your letter:
A description of your current relationship with the incarcerated person.
The length of time you have been supporting this person.
What affect this person's incarceration has had on you (e.g. emotionally, spiritually, financially, etc.).
If this person is given the opportunity to be released, how will you be involved and what type of support will you offer her?