WLRPPA is dedicated to supporting Pennsylvania Women Lifers who want to share their positive experiences, personal growth, and to assist the women in seeking a second chance.
WLRPPA was created by two women serving LWOP at SCI Muncy after a small group of state representatives visited the facility. The elected officials admitted they knew nothing about life sentenced women and would like to know more about them in order to advocate for their future.
PA Board of Pardons Hearing - May 30, 2019
SCI Cambridge Springs
Knowledge is a powerful tool!
Guest speakers: Ellen Melchiondo and
Challenges women lifers face
Dying Out Loud
(Female Prison Documentary)
Producer & Director
Jake J. Smith
Female prisoners in a US maximum-security prison explain how they got to be facing Life Without Parole, even though they did not pull the trigger. Is it just that they die slowly in prison without hope, even though they didn’t actually kill anybody?
The Truth About the Money Bail Industry
Narration by John Legend, Directed and produced by Kim Boekbinder and Jim Batt,
Illistrated by Molly Crabapple.
Between 1990 and 2009, the percentage of people charged with felonies rose, and those who were required to pay money bail for their release increased by 65%. By design the number of people jailed without even being convicted skyrocketed. These are people who deserve to be free but have had their lives ruined by jail even when their cases were dismissed or they won.
Published on Jul 7, 2015
Narration by Bryan Stevenson. Script by Bryan Stevenson and Kim Boekbinder. Directed by Jim Batt. Sound design by Kim Boekbinder. Shot by Burke Heffner.
The elaborate mythology of racial difference created to sustain American slavery persists today. Slavery did not end in 1865, it evolved. #SlaveryEvolved
The legacy of slavery can be seen in the presumption of guilt and dangerousness assigned to African Americans, especially young men and boys, the racial profiling and mistreatment that presumption creates, and the racial dynamics of mass incarceration.
EJI’s Race and Poverty project explores racial history and attempts to deepen our understanding of the legacy of racial injustice. By telling the truth about our past, EJI believes we can create a different, healthier discourse about race in America.
More information here: http://www.eji.org/raceandpoverty
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 recently 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 does 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.
Click on the picture to go directly to the resume' where the health report has been added.
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?