Aging People in Prison Human Rights Campaign


RESTORATIVE JUSTICE: Turner presents keynote at University of Maryland’s restorative justice summit- June 6, 2018.

Howard Zehr; Lifers; Doing Life and Coping-

"Man in Prison for Life Might Get Out-Thanks, In Part, to J." August 22, 2018.

"The Jewish Lifer Who Helped 1500 Inmates Earn Degrees" March 22, 2018.

Opinion: Governor — offer more hope to those serving long prison sentences. December 3, 2018.

Prison advocates call for massive parole board reforms. November 27, 2018.

Call for State to Address Crisis of Aging in Prisons. May 17, 2018.

Prisons – If you build it, you gotta fill it. January 26, 2018.

A Brief Case for Prison Abolition We know prisons are racist, classist and abusive. Are they also obsolete? January 5, 2018

“Dromm, RAPP Campaign Hail Passage of CARE Act”- RAPP Campaign. December 19, 2017.

A Life-Changing Visit to a Revolutionary Scandinavian Prison; August 2017; Drexel NOW.

Event---What is Prison For? Perspectives from Norway and Pennsylvania- October 2, 2017. Drexel University, Chester PA

Transformative Justice- Mujahid Farid, 69, Ex-Prisoner Who Advocated for Older Inmates, Dies. November 28, 2018.

Mujahid Farid, Who Fought for Elderly Prisoner Releases, Dies at 69. November 21, 2018.

Activists model transformative justice as juvenile lifer heads to court .                

PENNSYLVANIA-The man in charge of Pa.’s commutation system says it’s broken. Can it be fixed? December 11, 2018.

PRESS RELEASE; Women Lifers Commutation Denial- November 2018.

"Pennsylvania leads world in imposing life sentences"- September 18, 2018.

“A Bittersweet Victory”: MOVE Member Debbie Sims Africa on Being Released After 39 Years in Prison. June 27, 2018.

'He just went the wrong way,' mom says as juvenile lifer is re-sentenced for 1971 Harrisburg murder. June 27, 2018.

DA backs convicted killer's plea for commutation of life sentence for 1968 Harrisburg robbery/slaying. (SAMUEL BARLOW) June 21, 2018.

Pennsylvanian With Life Sentence Deserves Chance at Facing Victim's Family, Parole. Ellen Melchiondo; PA (Women Lifers) APP-HRC chapter. JJIE. May 16, 2018.

"Sen. Street, others rally to end life without parole." March 30, 2018.

Costs increase with state's aging prison population. March 25, 2018. 

MOVE Still Held Hostage 40 Years Later- February 19, 2018

Bill Tracker: Creating parole for elderly and infirm- February 1, 2018.

In 2018, What Do Pa.'s Women Prisoners Look Forward To?- Ellen Melchiondo; Co-Developer WLRP and PA Women Lifers APP-HRC chapter.-January 11, 2018

"Philly's oldest juvenile lifer resentenced, but is it too late?"-May 17, 2017- (Joseph Ligon -FREEDOM CAMPAIGN)

"Lifer turns down parole after spending 63 years behind bars"- Metro UK. (Joseph Ligon- FREEDOM CAMPAIGN)

"Prison lifer turns down parole after 63 years behind bars" - Telegraph UK (Joseph Ligon-FREEDOM CAMPAIGN)

Muncy State prison’s lady lifers talk of redemption” February 16, 2017: Helen Ubinas, Philadelphia Inquirer

Lois Farquharson's continued incarceration is Pennsylvania's loss: Christopher Moraff-March 20, 2014:Penn Live,

Pennsylvania’s oldest female inmate—in prison for a 1971 Society Hill murder—dies at age 91” January 6, 2017: Tommy Rowan, The Inquirer

"Women serving Life Without Parole in Pennsylvania are deserving of meaningful assistance and a second chance"  Ellen Melchiondo

Sharon (Peachie) Wiggins-Documentary Video: Life Sentence;

VIRGINIA-Guest Post: Parole Failures Show That Our Culture Has Lost Sight of Grace. December 1, 2018.

A break for the ailing. November 27, 2018.

How can Virginia save money on inmate health care? Let more old and sick prisoners free, audit says. November 19, 2018.

Local Event Highlights Concerns About Aging Inmates. November 1, 2018.

Elderly Prisoners Passed Over for Parole - January 30, 2018.

"Parole board grants release to two more three-strikers, makes two others eligible for parole"-December 15, 2017, The Virginian Pilot

"Waiting--And Waiting--An Advent Behind Bars"; December 5, 2017-Harvey Yoder-

Virginia Questions Whether to Release Older Prisoners” April 24, 2017: Peter Dujardin, The Daily Press

“In February, 51 Parole Denials, Zero Grants” April 19, 2017: Harvey Yoder, Harvspot

"Four Sound Ways to Reduce Incarceration”January 27, 2017: Harvey Yoder, Harvspot

For Virginia Inmates Little Hope of Parole- May 15, 2013: Sam Isaacs, Capital News Service,

Long Held Inmates Sue Virginia Board for Release-August 2, 1010-Washington Post;

Millions for Prisoners Human Rights March and Rally-Join the Millions for Prisoners Human Rights March; Charlotte Malerich; DCSTAMPEDE-

Plantations were prisons mobilizing for the Millions for Prisoners Human Rights March- Angela Allen Bell;

Millions for Prisoners Human Rights March Press Release- USHRNetwork-

FEDERAL PRISONERS/COMPASSIONATE RELEASE- Do America’s Sick, Aging Inmates Deserve the Right to Die at Home? November 26, 2018.

Paroling elderly inmates is humane solution to costly mass incarceration. November 24, 2018.

Guantanamo prison takes on geriatric airs. October 20, 2018.

"Medical Neglect is Killing U.S. Prisoners" September 7, 2018.

Tempering the Cost of Aging, Dying in Prison With the Demands for Justice- August 14, 2018.

Prisoners of War (on Drugs): Marijuana Keeps Thousands Behind Bars With Little Hope of Getting Out. July 5, 2018.

What life is like for the U.S.’s increasingly aging prison population. June 27, 2018.

Congress snubs White House, won't fund new prison for geriatric inmates at Guantánamo. June 27, 2018.

Why Do We Keep Our Aging Prisoners Behind Bars?. June 26, 2018.

Should We Release Older Inmates? Aging Offenders and Recidivism. June 25, 2018.

"By 2030, 1 in 3 US Prisonerss Will Be Be Over 50."- May 29, 2018.

With Aging Prison Population, Massachusetts Looks to Possible Cost-Saving, Compassionate Fix. WGBH. May 20, 2018.

How the aging prison population challenges correctional facilities. May 1, 2018.

 Ruchell Magee, longest held political prisoner in the world, heads to parole hearing. March 2, 2018.

Free Leonard Peltier! On his 43rd Year in Prison, He Yearns to hug his grandchildren; February 6, 2018.

Our Prison Population Is Getting Older and Older; December 11, 2017

US jails: doctors should support compassionate release, say ethicists; Sept 2017.

The Obama administration’s plan to deal with elderly inmates isn’t working. Can it be fixed?- Sept 2017.

How the Bureau of Prisons locked down compassionate release'” April 18, 2017: Mary Price, Learn Liberty

ARTIVISM- SISTER HEARTS Film- Maryam Henderson-Uloho spent thirteen years in prison in Louisiana, seven in solitary confinement. After her release she struggled to find housing or employment. She began selling secondhand goods out of a suitcase on a street corner in New Orleans. In just three years, she grew her business to a brick-and-mortar thrift store—one that also provides housing and employment for other formerly-incarcerated women. She calls those women—and her store—Sister Hearts.  Film-

Prisoners of Age Exhibit- Ron Levine; Canadian Photographer-

Elderly Prisoners Loom Large and in Budget-

Facing old age behind bars: Photos illustrate aging inmates’ challenges-Ron Levine and Aileen Hongo-

Broken Systems and Punishing Families-Allegra Taylor (daughter of aging father incarcerated 46 years in solitary confinement, died in prison)

LOUISIANA-SISTER HEARTS- Short Films in Focus- April 18, 2018.

"Prison alternatives rally held at La. capitol, advocates push for criminal justice reform". March 27, 2018.

Can America fix its prison crisis? The US has one of the world’s highest incarceration rates. reports from maximum security on a new strategy to tackle the issue in Louisiana. Courtney Weaver. March 8, 2018.

Life in Louisiana: People aging in prison seek a second chance. March 5, 2018.

His Case Helped Change the Law for Juvenile Offenders, But After Serving 54 Years He Was Denied Parole- February 19, 2018.

The Roanoke Time-The Latest: Louisiana delays parole for 71-year-old inmate" December 14, 2017

The Times-Picayune- “For a few Louisiana lifers, a new chance at parole July 6, 2017

The Advocate-“For a growing share of Louisiana’s inmates, only chance for release lies with the governor—or the grave” June 11, 2017

Inmates are dying to get out of Louisiana prisons. Time to change?” April 7, 2017: Tim Morris, The NOLA Times-Picayune

“Angola is not only a prison, but a very expensive nursing home” April 4, 2017: Mark Schindler and Barry Holman, The NOLA Times-Picayune

“‘Geriatric parole’ ought to be an option in Louisiana: Editorial” April 2, 2017: The Times-Picayune Editorial Board

How long should Louisiana keep old, ill criminals in prison?” March 22, 2017: Julia O’Donoghue, The Times-Picayune

Glenn Ford; ABC News Video- Exonerated Death Row Inmate Meets Prosecutor Who Put Him There;

FLORIDA- Record number of inmates died in Florida prisons last year- January 27, 2018-

Some Lifers Sentenced as Juveniles May Have Done Their Time- December 24, 2017-

“Florida can reduce prison population” March 29, 2017: Raymer Maguire and Scott McCoy, Miami Herald op-ed

“Ill, elderly prisoners cost Fla. taxpayers more than $200M a year” March 15, 2017: Dave Elias, NBC2

MARYLAND-Ending mass incarceration: lessons from the 'Ungers' . December 1, 2018.

Study: Prison Release of Older People is Safe, Saves Money. November 29, 2018.

Paroling Grandpa’: Study Finds 3% Recidivism Rate Among Elderly Ex-Inmates. November 19, 2018.

Nonprofit points to Maryland Unger cases as proof oldest prisoners should be set free. November 15, 2018.

The Ungers, 5 Years and Counting: A Case Study in Safely Reducing Long Prison Terms and Saving Taxpayer Dollars. November 2018.

Maryland's Highest Court Upholds Juvenile Life Sentences" - August 30, 2018.

Baltimore Man Exonerated After 30 Years in Prison- July 4, 2018.

Turner presents keynote at University of Maryland’s restorative justice summit - June 6, 2018.

Court eyes whether juvenile lifers have real parole chance. February 7, 2018.

Teens sentenced to life in prison say Maryland’s parole system is unconstitutional. February 6, 2018.

Governor Larry Hogan Announces Statewide Violent Crime Initiatives December 5, 2017-


“Maryland should make parole a meaningful part of sentencing again”February 13, 2017: Nazgol Ghandnoosh, The Washington Post

Eraina Pretty-ABC NEWS Video Documentary- "Hidden America: Nation of Women Behind Bars"- (Eraina Pretty-FREEDOM CAMPAIGN)

Eraina Pretty- ABC News Video Documentary- "Women Behind Bars and the Families They Left Behind"- (Eraina Pretty-FREEDOM CAMPAIGN)

WASHINGTON DCOklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin announces agreement on criminal justice reform measures. March 5, 2018.

Too Old to Be Executed? Supreme Court Considers an Aging Death Row- March 5, 2018.

Legislation to Improve Compassionate Prison Release Process- February 28, 2018.

D.C.’s Broken Parole System Judges, lawyers, and legal advocates sign an open letter in support of would-be parolees languishing far too long-

U.S. appeals court revives parole challenge by D.C. inmates imprisoned since 1985-

ALABAMA-Alabama Supreme Court Sets January Execution Date for Vernon Madison- November 22, 2017

Supreme Court Upholds Death Penalty for Murderer Who Can't Remember His Crime-November 2017-

Who is Vernon Madison? Alabama cop-killer facing execution has claimed insanity, incompetence- May 11, 2016

Phillip Chance- The Marshall Project. The Punishing Price of Freedom.

EJI-A Story of Racial Bias, the Absence of Mercy, and a Death in Prison.

MICHIGAN-Detroit Man Exonerated after 45 years in prison. April 1, 2018.

Free Innocent Juv. Lifer Charles K. K. Lewis Now.  Hearing Wed. April 11 @9am. March 31, 2018.

"A feeling of relief" Anthony Johnson released after four decades in prison. February 27, 2018.


"Michigan man free on bond after 45 years in prison"-December 14, 2017-