WLRP supports Pennsylvania Women Lifer's who want to share their positive experiences, personal growth, and to assist the women in seeking a second chance.

The Women Lifers Resume Project supports all of the 200 women in Pennsylvania who are serving a life without parole sentence (LWOP).  Resumes featured on this site are all of a voluntary nature and should not be perceived as the only women we support for release.  Some women have elected not to participate at this time.

Pennsylvania Department of Corrections (DOC) Secretary John Wetzel announced today that in-person inmate visitation will be phased in at select DOC facilities in the coming days, with remaining facilities to follow. 

On-site visits were suspended on March 13, 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

In-person visitation will first resume at five DOC facilities: SCI Laurel Highlands, SCI Waymart, SCI Muncy, SCI Cambridge Springs, and the Quehanna Boot Camp. 

Decisions regarding the reinstatement of in-person visits at each location are based on inmate vaccination rates, percentage of COVID-19 cases among the inmate population, and results from the DOC’s wastewater testing program that monitors for elevated levels of the COVID-19 virus. 


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March 3, 2021

Ellen Melchondo and Cynthia Alvarado


Prison-Legislator Mapping Project

Designed to provide information to the incarcerated population at each prison as to how to contact their respective State Legislator and Senator who is responsible for the incarcerated individuals at the prison located in their legislative districts.

This folder includes the overall prison map including specific info for all the prisons. It also includes an informational flyer for each prison that provides an overview and the legislators’ names and contact information.

Feel free to download the specific prison flyer where your loved one[s] is currently residing and send to them. 

Have questions, comments or concerns?  Email us: cadbi-pressurepoints@googlegroups.com

Who are we?

We are mothers, grandmothers, daughters, sisters, aunts. We are beloved family members

SCI Muncy

SCI Cambridge Springs

Photo Gallery of Participants

From SCI Muncy and SCI Cambridge Springs

Sheena King
Brittany Williams
Sylvia Boykin
Patricia Stark
Loni Ellen Krick
Tracey Shaw
Thelma Nichols
Terri Harper
Delores Rivers
Tequilla Fields Photo_edited
Cynthia Gonzalez
Yvonne Hiller
Nichole Hawkins
Tricia Muff
Rose Boyd-Tolver
Stacey Newkirk
Heather Lavell
Rose Dinkins
Geraldine El Photo
Marie Rodriguez
Karen Ann Phillips
Denise Crump
MIirinda Sue Boob
Sarita Miller
Doris Williamson
Normita Jackson
Niegra Egerton
Jennifer Vinsek_edited
Cheryl Casper Photo
Nicole Newell
Paula Johnson
Celest Coles
Melony Ford
Marsha Scaggs
Joyce Schofield
Kristin Edmundson
Dorothy Farbo
Nelda Beatty
Marie Scott
Heather Lavelle
Rebecca Young Photo
Lori Lassiter
Kystle Weaver
Kyra Clardy
Diane Weaver
Jacqueline Masse
Michelle Hetzel
Janet Martin
Deirdre Owens
Debra Lee Brown
Cyd Berger
Avis Lee Photo
Brenda Watkins
Amy Pencille
Chanel Wiest
Chamella Morris
Cybil Swank


Click on the image to view the resume. 

Click here to search by name.


SCI-Muncy inmates reveal stories of medical neglect, high cancer rates

 Written by:  Melissa Farenish

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.  

Click on the picture to go directly to the resume' where the health report has been added

Terri Harper

Sylvia Boykin

Marie Rodriguez

Melony Ford

Nelda Beatty

Delores Rivers


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?