There are approximately 200 people sentenced to Life Without Parole (LWOP) in California’s women’s prisons. People serving LWOP have no possibility of release. They describe themselves as the lost population; their stories—and certainly their faces and humanity—are largely invisible to communities both inside and outside of prison.

A Living Chance is a collaborative storytelling project created with women and transgender people sentenced to LWOP in California. It emerges from the leadership of people inside prison who are currently organizing against LWOP. Through interviews, audio recordings, and writing more than 70 people have shared their stories about the racialized and gendered violence that led to their conviction, their day-to-day survival, and the resiliency necessary to fight against these death sentences. By carrying the voices of this lost population beyond the prison walls, A Living Chance will affect cultural and legislative change, thus giving those sentenced to LWOP in California a living chance at freedom.

This is a work in progress. Our project began in the summer of 2014 and is ongoing.

Support our work by making a tax-deductible donation here. This project is funded in part by the East Bay Fund for Artists, Puffin Foundation, and individual donations.