This Hollywood film tells the true story of a sister’s unwavering devotion to her brother. When Betty Anne Waters’ (two-time Academy Award winner Hilary Swank) older brother Kenny (Sam Rockwell) is arrested for murder and sentenced to life in 1983, Betty Anne, a Massachusetts wife and mother of two, dedicates her life to overturning the murder conviction, putting herself through high school, college and, finally, law school in an 18 year quest to free Kenny.
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.
The Healing Justice and Prison Watch programs empower individuals harmed by criminal justice policies and violence to heal and transform the conditions under which they live. 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.
The Healing Justice Program in San Francisco works to reduce reliance on incarceration and other punitive approaches and replace them with restorative/healing practices. Toward that end we concentrate on four areas: mass incarceration, long term isolation, the death penalty, and the promotion of healing alternatives.
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.