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Women's Prison Association believes in human potential

Women's Prison Association believes in human potential

I learned everything I know about the problem of incarceration in the US from my friend, Piper Kerman, author of the memoir Orange is the New Black and the inspiration behind the hit Netflix show of the same title. Piper is an advocate for women and men who are or have been incarcerated, and she educates people by sharing her own experience in prison at the Federal Correctional Institute in Danbury, Connecticut—an act of bravery, in my opinion, given the stigma attached to being an “ex-con.”

I learned everything I know about the problem of incarceration in the US from my friend, Piper Kerman, author of the memoir Orange is the New Black and the inspiration behind the hit Netflix show of the same title. Piper is an advocate for women and men who are or have been incarcerated, and she educates people by sharing her own experience in prison at the Federal Correctional Institute in Danbury, Connecticut—an act of bravery, in my opinion, given the stigma attached to being an “ex-con.”

It was through Piper that I learned of the high rates of drug addiction and mental illness that are found among those convicted of crimes in the US, and that these issues could be addressed as the triggers behind many of the crimes that are actually committed. It was also through Piper that ziggie connected with the Women’s Prison Association.

The Women's Prison Association envisions a community where our reliance on incarceration as the default response to crime has been replaced by constructive, community-driven and -enhancing responses. Founded in 1845, WPA is the nation’s first service and advocacy organization dedicated solely to working with justice-involved women and their families. Prisons are not equipped to address the circumstances that lead women there. By addressing the root causes of women’s crime, WPA programs create safer, more just communities. WPA works with women at all stages of criminal justice involvement.  They promote alternatives to incarceration and help women living in the community to avoid arrest or incarceration by making positive changes in their lives.

Learn more about this organization or donate to their Huntington House campaign here>