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Women's Prison Association

Women's Prison Association

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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Prison Association envisions a community where our reliance on incarceration as the default response to crime has been replaced by constructive, community-driven and -enhancing responses.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. Critical to our vision of a world with fewer jails and prisons is the belief that all human beings have the capacity for change and that every individual can be accountable for her actions and the results. WPA works with women at all stages of criminal justice involvement.  We promote alternatives to incarceration and help women living in the community to avoid arrest or incarceration by making positive changes in their lives.

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Unites States

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WPA serves 1,500 women and 500 children in New York City each year. Our expansive programming is tailored to women who are at risk of incarceration, currently imprisoned, or have recently returned home. While the causes of justice involvement have changed little over our more than 170-year history, our opportunities to intervene have been shaped by our expanding knowledge, experience, and evidence of what works. WPA focuses on Prevention, Preparation, and Progress. There are over 200,00 women in prison or jail in the United States. WPA helps women achieve what is most important to them. Women come to us to: Find safe and affordable housing Prepare for job interviews and obtain employment Reunify with their children Comply with criminal justice mandates and live safe and law-abiding lives Access addiction, health, and mental health services Gain public speaking, storytelling, and media advocacy Learn household budgeting and skills for daily life
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