Building Capacity for Women and Girls in Prison

The mission of The unPrison Project (UP) is to build life skills capacity for women and girls in prison as tools to plan, set goals, and prepare for a successful life after their release.
Our programs work to empower, inspire, and cultivate critical thinking, life skills, self-reflection, and peer mentoring. At the same time, we bring public awareness about the needs of incarcerated women and their children.

The unPrison Project is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit.

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As its founder and motivational educator, Deborah Jiang-Stein uses her unique story of hard won transformation to teach and plant seeds of change so when the women are released, they won’t return.

We feel the ongoing, positive results of The unPrison Project will benefit our communities for generations to come.

Today, over 200,000 women are incarcerated in the United States, and 2.7 million children under the age of eighteen have a parent in prison. UP touches them through their incarcerated mothers and in detention centers.

The unPrison Project team delivers programs and services in women’s prisons with tools for building life skills capacity, along with a message of hope and inspiration for change. To date, UP has already reached 15,000 incarcerated women, or more than 7% of the total female prison population in the U.S.