CCWP is a grassroots social justice organization, with members inside and outside prison, that challenges the institutional violence imposed on women, transgender people, and communities of color by the prison industrial complex (PIC). We see the struggle for racial and gender justice as central to dismantling the PIC and we prioritize the leadership of the people, families, and communities most impacted in building this movement.
CCWP works in coalition with other groups to bring about fundamental changes in the prison industrial complex. We want the abolition of a prison system whose goals are punishment, control, profit and the warehousing of human beings, the majority of whom are people of color and poor.
CCWP advocates for changes in intolerable conditions inside prisons such as grossly inadequate health care, rampant sexual abuse and security housing (solitary confinement) which amounts to torture. We work for the release of battered women and prisoners of the drug war and we fight for mother-infant programs and alternatives to incarceration. We support political prisoners (women who are in prison because of their political activities against injustice).
We seek to connect our work for women prisoners to the fight to end all forms of violence, discrimination, racism, humiliation and impoverishment of women. We work for a society where education rather than incarceration is the priority, where human rights is not an empty phrase but a reality for all people.