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Mission Statement

WPA's mission is to create opportunities for change in the lives of women prisoners, ex-prisoners, and their families. It also provides public information and advocacy designed to ameliorate jail and prison conditions for women.


WPA provides direct assistance to approximately 2500 women and their families each year. We offer an integrated continuum of services to criminal justice-involved women in response to five key areas of need: livelihood, housing, family, health and well-being, and criminal justice compliance. Our programs are based in jail and prisons, as well as in the community. We help women at different stages of involvement with the criminal justice system address their current needs and plan for their futures. WPA programs address each client's individual needs and strengths, dealing with the client as a whole person. We stress self-reliance through the development of independent living skills; self-empowerment and peer support; and client involvement in the community. All of our programs are designed to reduce the use of incarceration and to help criminal justice-involved women make decisions that support, strengthen and enrich their own lives, and those of their family members.



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