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 to languish and die in prison.

In 2015  a group of dedicated people located outside of New York began to do work with the group Release Aging People in Prison; this caused the vision and platform to grow and expand. Inevitably in 2017, a split occurred in the RAPP organization which would result in a new organization being formed, called Aging People in Prison Human Rights Campaign, led by a group of sincerely committed directly impacted people. It is a human rights organization that places the elderly prisoner within a punishment paradigm into one of human rights. In fact, the original crime has been superseded by the exorbitant amount of time people are kept in prison, thus leading to the crisis of aging people in prison.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.

DC APP-HRC:  For questions or details email Founding Director-APP-HRC; Tomiko Shine

DC AUAPP-HRC Service Project: Students at American Universitymeet every 4th Sunday of the month. Lead Organizer: Avantika Shenoy. For questions or details contact

FL APP-HRC:  Contact: PO Box 1014. Riverview, Florida 33568.

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

MD APP-HRC:  Coalition meets each month, 7:00-8:30 pm, Coppin State/Criminal Justice Department, 2500 West North Avenue, Baltimore. For questions or details email  MDAPP-HRC, PO Box 67750, Baltimore MD 21215.

APP-HRC Prison In-Reach Lead Organizer; William Gardner- For questions or details contact

Juvenile Lifers Project- Lead Organizer; Monica Wimberly- For questions or details contact

Eraina Pretty Project- 39 years in Jessup Correctional Facility; (see video under NEWS and ARTICLES page) Eraina Pretty Freedom Campaign Manager; Daan Oji.  For questions or details contact:

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MI  APP-HRC: Lead Organizer; Jade Chance. For questions or details email

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PA APP-HRC: PA (Women’s Lifers) Aging People in Prison Human Rights Campaign Chapter, Lead Organizer: Ellen Melchiondo, Contact: or  PO Box 324 New Hope, PA18938.

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VA APP-HRC:  Richmond VA. Lead Organizers: Shepsu & Yaa  Olufemi. For questions or details contact

VA Shenandoah Valley APP-HRC: Coalition meets last Monday of the month at 7:00-8:30pm; Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 660 S. Main Street, Harrisonburg, VA. Lead Organizers: Wynonah Hogan & Harvey Yoder. For questions or details contact

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