Aging People in Prison Human Rights Campaign

The United States has the highest rates of elderly prisoner incarceration in the world. Historically over time this poli-socio-economic policy making practice has resulted in the national crisis called aging people in prison. Men and women are spending decades in prison up to 30, 40, 50, and even 60 years or more separated from parents, children, families, and communities. A person incarcerated in their youth and over time aging in prison creates broken families and a fractured society with little hope for those left but to languish and die in prison.

In the last two decades in the advent of mass and generational incarceration a group of dedicated people emerged to delayed this societal normalcy of over incarceration.  Inevitably as prison sentences grew longer and parole denials increased across the States, a new prison demographic evolved that would mark the United States as Incarceration Nation. Combined with draconian sentences, JLWOP,  and the public's thirst for punishment and vengeance;  the young and delayed became old, sick, and dying in prison. It is these historical elements combined with a formerly incarcerated elderly person Mujahid Farid released after 33 years in prison in 2011 as living testimony to the punishment paradigm. Thus in 2013 Farid founded RAPP (Release Aging People in Prison) the first organization to publicly advocate for the release of elderly people in prison through the modification of the parole board. In as little as 5 years until his dying breath in 2018 Farid had inserted into the national prison, mass incarceration dialogue that of the elderly prisoner. 

Ultimately as the dialogue became a national human rights issue so was the evolution of RAPP to a national space and organization in 2017 aptly named Aging People in Prison Human Rights Campaign; led by dedicated directly impacted peoples. APP-HRC is a national human rights organization that locates the aging woman and man imprisoned into the framework of human rights. In fact, as the punishment time has been served and lapsed by several decades, the original crime is superseded by the exorbitant amount of time people are kept in prison; thus leading to the human rights crisis of our time aging people in prison. One basic human right is to live and die in the most humane way possible; growing up, living, and dying in prison violates that human birth right deemed by moral law. Thus Aging People in Prison Human Rights Campaign advocates, educates, and lobbies for the human rights of aging people in prison; and their ultimate release and return of them to their family and community before their natural life expires.


APP-HRC. For questions or information contact: or

DC APP-HRC:  Lead Organizer; Avantika Shenoy. For questions or details email .

DC AUAPP-HRC Service Project: Students at American University meet every 4th Sunday of the month. 

FL APP-HRC:  Contact: PO Box 1014. Riverview, Florida 33568. For questions or details email

LA Laplace APP-HRC: Lead Organizer; Antoinette Garabold. For questions or details email 

New Orleans SISTER HEARTS:  Maryam Henderson-Uloho. For questions or details email or

MD "Charles Ford"APP-HRC:   Coalition meets every 3rd Wednesday of each month, 7:00-8:30 pm, Coppin State/Criminal Justice Department, 2500 West North Avenue, Baltimore. For questions or details email  .

Eraina Pretty Project- 39 years in Jessup Correctional Facility; (see video under NEWS and ARTICLES page)

PA WAPP-HRC: PA (Women) Lead Organizer; Ellen Melchiondo. or  PO Box 324 New Hope, PA18938. US Human Rights Network Human Rights Builder Award 2017.

Sharon Wiggins FACEBOOK -

Women Lifers Resume Project of PA-

Voices From the Inside Booklet-

PA Philadelphia APP-HRC: Lead Organizers; Karen Lee and Nicole Holmes. For questions or details contact: 

VA Richmond APP-HRC:  Lead Organizers: Lashawnda Singleton. For questions or details contact P.O. Box 25156 Richmond VA 23260. Coalition meets every second Saturday of the month 9:30am-12pm. 227 Belt Boulevard, Richmond, VA 23224.

VA Shenandoah Valley APP-HRC: . Lead Organizers: Wynonah Hogan & Harvey Yoder. For questions or details contact Coalition meets last Monday of month 7-8:30pm Kingsway Prison and Family Outreach, Dukes Plaza. Harrisonburg, VA. 22801.

Hard Times Virginia -

Rocktown Justice Unlocked -

US Human Rights Network (Member-Initiated Action Team) MIAT: Prisoner's Human Rights-

Aging People in Prison Human Rights Campaign Founding Director; Tomiko Shine