Omari Williams was only 19 when he was handed his first prison sentence. After his release at 21, he became part of a dauntingly high recidivism rate and returned to prison for a second time.
This summer, nearly two decades after he first entered the system, Omari once more found himself a free man after he was released from the Maryland Correctional Training Center (MCTC) in Hagerstown, Maryland. He is absolutely certain that he will not be returning for a third time, and one of the reasons is his involvement with AFSC’s Friend of a Friend project.
The next Friends of Iowa Women Prisoners meeting is at noon on Tues., May 18th at Wesley United Methodist Church, 800 East 12th. Bring your lunch. J Speaker is Marty Ryan, Legislative Advocate for Justice Reform Consortium.
On June 8, Robyn Mills, Chairperson of the Iowa Board of Corrections will be with us. This is a rare opportunity to come and hear about the duties of Board, who they represent and how they can and can't guide the direction and influence the policies of corrections in the state.
On Feb. 18, 2009, the Pew Hispanic Center issued a report on the ethnic composition of people caught up in the federal prison system. The Immigration Policy Center's Director, Angela Kelley, issued the following statement:
The Healing Justice Program empowers individuals harmed by violence and by criminal justice policies to transform the conditions under which they live, and to heal. We recognize and advance the worth and dignity of all people in and around the criminal justice system.
Kadi (far right), her two sisters, and their father, with a photo of their mother who was deported in 2002.
The Newark office is home to the Immigrant Rights Program, the New Jersey base of the Healing Justice Program, and the online home for the New York Metro Internship Project.
The Immigrant Rights Program integrates legal services, advocacy, and organizing, providing legal representation in challenging immigration cases and also ensuring that immigrant voices in New Jersey and beyond are heard in policy debates. The program responds to myths about immigrants through presentations and media work.
AFSC promotes alternatives to incarceration, educates the public about new models for justice, and humanizes prisoners and their families while calling attention to the human and fiscal disaster of California's overgrown prison system.
AFSC is a Quaker organization devoted to service, development, and peace programs throughout the world. Our work is based on the belief in the worth of every person, and faith in the power of love to overcome violence and injustice. Learn more
Where we work
AFSC has offices around the world. To see a complete list see the Where We Work page.