About: Laura Whitehorn

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Women in Need of Freedom: Patty Prewitt
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In an essay publshed in 2013, Patty Prewitt described meeting a caseworker in the Women’s Easter, Reception, Diagnostic and Correctional Center (WERDCC) in Vandalia, Missouri. The caseworker told her: “I think we should start a cemetery… A graveyard for you and the others serving no-parole.”  Prewitt listened to her describe flower beds and flat gravestones.  “It […]
Elders in need of freedom: Larry Yarbrough
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Larry Yarbrough is one of Oklahoma’s incarcerated people aged 50 and older who are currently serving life without parole for nonviolent drug offenses. After 22 years of incarceration, he uses a wheelchair and suffers from diabetes and congestive heart failure. He has never had a citation for misconduct; instead he’s received commendations for volunteering his […]
New York Times editorial: “Why Keep the Old and Sick Behind Bars?”
by the New York Times Editorial Board, January 3, 2017 Anyone who visits a prison these days might be shocked to see what looks more like a nursing home with bars and metal detectors. Prisoners put away years ago under the wave of draconian sentencing are now turning gray and frail, suffering from heart disease […]
Lois Farquharson, 91: A Woman in Need of Freedom
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RAPP mourns the passing of Dr. Lois Farquharson
Dr. Lois Farquharson, 91: A Woman in Need of Freedom
At the age of 91, Dr. Lois J. Farquharson is believed to be the oldest woman incarcerated in Pennsylvania.  She uses a wheelchair and experiences memory lapses from mild dementia.  Jane Keller, who has visited her monthly in prison for over twenty-five years, describes her as “compassionate, intelligent, well-educated, witty and gifted.”  Keller, a Quaker […]
Elders in Need of Freedom: Sundiata Acoli, 80 Years Old
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     One of the U.S.’s longest-held political prisoners, Sundiata Acoli was denied release again on November 21, 2016, and ordered to wait 15 years before another parole hearing. Sundiata is 80 years old. Born in 1937 as Clark Edward Squire in Decatur, Texas, Sundiata earned a B.S. in mathematics and worked for various computer […]
“The 13th Amendment,” by Grace Masback
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By Grace Masback, DC RAPP Intern  December 6, 1865 is a classic date in American history. After four years of a destructive civil war and more than two centuries of slavery, the country took steps to move toward a more free and equal future by ratifying the 13th Amendment to the Constitution. The 13th Amendment, which […]
The 13th Amendment
"It is time for the U.S. to recognize not only our ugly past, but our ugly present..."
Women in need of freedom: Eraina Pretty, 56, incarcerated in Maryland
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The Maryland Parole Commission recommended Eraina for release. That recommendation was denied in 2011.
Help Push the NYS Parole Board Closer to Justice
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Fueled by our grief over the death of John MacKenzie in his 40th year in prison and after his 10th parole denial, we must now push forward and make a change. It is time to get the Board to release our elders, our family members, the thousands of people in New York prisons who have […]