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. (FREEDOM CAMPAIGN)

"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.

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

Activists Model Transformative Justice as Juvenile Lifer Heads to Court- July 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

NY/RAPP(Release Aging People in Prison Human Rights Campaign) -Aging in Prison: The Forgotten Plight of Women Behind Bars. August 28, 2019.

Longest-serving inmate’s death spurs movement for elder parole. August 23, 2019.

Aging, harmless and locked away: New York needs to parole far more elderly prisoners. August 22, 2019.

Advocates for Aging Prisoners Look to Force a Debate on Parole. August 20, 2019.

As more convicts hit their golden years in jails not equipped to handle their decline in health, we need shorter sentences and flexible sentencing. August 15, 2019.

No One Would Listen’: Cleared of Murder, After 33 Years in Prison. May 2019.

Look at parole for older inmates. May 2019.

'There Are No More Excuses': Protesters Demand That Cuomo Staff The Parole -April 12, 2019.

Bill Allowing 'Elder Parole' Consideration for Older Inmates Gains Momentum in NY- April 12, 2019. 

Press Release for Immediate Release: NYS Senate Crime Committee Passes Elder Parole (S.2144) April 9, 2019.

Prison Advocates Call for Massive Parole Reform- November 2018.

"Dromm, RAPP Campaign Hail Passage of CARE Act"- 19, 2017.

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.

PENNSYLVANIA-Project CommUNITY - Juvenile Lifers: The Long Road to Redemption. July 15, 2019.

Janet and Janine Africa are home after 40 years! June 2019.

‘It’s a light at the end of the tunnel’: Ex-offenders and lifers seek a second chance from Pa. pardons board. June 2019.

Editorial: Are Wolf’s commutations part of reform movement? May 2019.

Gov. Tom Wolf releases 8 lifers, more than any other Pa. governor in decades. May 2019.

Ice-T Wants DNA Testing To Prove Man Convicted Of 1980 Murder Is Innocent. May 2019.

Freed from prison nine years ago, Brandon Flood is new secretary of Pa.’s pardon board - April 2019.

After nearly a half-century in prison, Philly man is granted clemency at age 77- March 2019.

Most of Pa.’s sick and elderly inmates die in prison. Medical parole could change that- March 2019.

Documentary- DYING OUT LOUD; Female prisoners in a US maximum-security prison explain how they got to be facing Life Without Parole, even though they didn't pull the trigger.  January 2019.

Gov. Wolf frees Chester County man sentenced to 122 years on drug charges, weighs more acts of clemency. December 2018.

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. (APP FREEDOM CAMPAIGN; SAMUEL BARLOW-commuted May 2019.) 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 (APP Freedom Campaign)

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 -APPFREEDOM 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-Prison life takes its toll in inmates and their families. May 2019.

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-What Should We Do About Our Aging Prison Population?Can compassionate release laws solve the problem of the nearly 200,000 people aged 55 and older who are incarcerated in America? July 17, 2019.

Congress Weighs Whether to Allow Guantánamo Prisoners to Travel to the U.S. for Medical Care. June 2019.

A Terminally Ill, Wheelchair-Bound Inmate Applied for Compassionate Release. The Justice Department Argued He Wasn't Dying Fast Enough To Qualify. May 2019.

Senate Panel Votes to Let Gitmo Prisoners Into U.S. for Medical Treatment. May 2019.

Cuban pilot freed after serving longest US marijuana sentence. May 2019.

Bay of Pigs pilot ends longest US pot sentence but now risks deportation. May 2019. (APP Freedom Campaign)

Guest Post: Reduce prison populations by reducing life sentences- March 21, 2019.

Greenwich yacht club murderer could be nation’s longest-serving prisoner; Francis Smith 70 Years in Prison- February 2019.

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- DYING OUT LOUD; Women Lifers at Muncy Women's Prison. (Diane Metzger featured in film died in prison after 41 years.)

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-No settlement reached in lawsuit over inmate medical care at Angola prison; negotiations continue. July 30, 2019.

Louisiana's longest serving female prisoner, 'Mama Glo' gets favorable recommendation for clemency. July 22, 2019.

Hoping for a Commutation After 48 Years in a Louisiana Prison. July 24, 2019.

Henry Montgomery Paved the Way for Other Juvenile Lifers to Go Free. Now 72, He May Never Get the Same Chance. June 2019.

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-FL legislator files bill to compensate exonerated man who spent 43 years in prison. August 20, 2019.

Two Black Men Finally Released For False Murder Charges After 43 Years in Prison- . March 31, 2019.

Proposal Would Allow Early Release For Florida’s Sickest Prisoners. March 28, 2019.

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-Maryland prison population continues to shrink as officials consider releasing more elderly inmates. July 2019.

Baltimore brothers set free after 24 years in prison for wrongful murder conviction. May 2019.

Life Term Inmates Get a Chance at Parole, but first they need to get off the long waiting list- April 2019.

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-

NEW JERSEY- Senator Cory Booker unveils bill giving long-time incarcerated prisoners a second chance. July 2019.

A Second Chance At Freedom: Booker to introduce new legislation focused on aging prisoners. . July 2019.

Older N.J. inmates may be released under plan for ‘geriatric parole- March 2019.

PRISON WATCH; Bonnie Kerness- What happened at the Brooklyn jail is part of a deeper human rights crisis - February 2019.

PRISON WATCH; Bonnie Kerness- A sanctuary atmosphere: creating safe, emotional and mental space for people in solitary 2018.

PRISON WATCH; Bonnie Kerness- No Separate Justice- June 2015.

PRISON WATCH; Bonnie Kerness- A Profound Spiritual Crisis: Prison Voices Call for Change- April 2014.

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-More than half of Michigan juvenile lifers still wait for resentencing. August 16, 2019.

N.J. limited solitary but we didn’t end the torture of human beings, prison watch group says. July 23, 2019.

Detroit man free after being brutally beaten for snitching to expose prison corruption. May 2019.

Innocent Man Spent 45 Years In Jail! He’s Finally Exonerated & Will Be Compensated ₹ 10.5 Cr. May 2019.

Michigan woman ready to be released after 30+ years in prison- February 2019.

Sheldry Topp, oldest 'juvenile lifer' in Michigan freed at age 74. March 1, 2019.

Elderly Man Sentenced To Life In Prison At Age 17 To Be Released Thursday. February 27, 2019.

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-