There are approximately 172 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 nearly 60 people will share their stories of survival, hope, 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. We look forward to the launch of the official storytelling website and accompanying publication in 2016.

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.