okko x WPA
Women are the fastest growing incarcerated population, an increase of 832% over the last three decades (twice the rate of increase that men experienced). Most women in prison are mothers and are more likely than men to be the primary caregiver for their children before and after incarceration. Women experience more poverty, lower employment rates, and have fewer safe housing options than men immediately after incarceration. These are only a few examples of why the mass incarceration of women is complex and challenging.
Why we love WPA is because of its gender-responsive approach to supporting women who contact the criminal justice system. In addition to services like workforce development and alternatives to incarceration, WPA provides women with the basic necessities. Bras and underwear are some of the most in-demand items, especially when women are newly released from prison or jail.
To help WPA in meeting this demand, okko continuously donates lightly used, still wearable bras that were samples, were returned by customers, or cannot otherwise be sold on our website. In addition, we run targeted giving campaigns throughout the year.
This is only the start of a really exciting partnership. We’re delighted to move forward together.
The nation’s first criminal justice organization for women, WPA empowers women to redefine their lives in the face of injustice and incarceration. WPA works with women at all stages of involvement with the criminal justice system. It promotes alternatives to incarceration and helps women avoid arrest or incarceration by making positive changes in their lives. Inside prison and jail, WPA is a source of support to women and a resource to them as they plan for release. After incarceration, women come to WPA for help to build the lives they want for themselves and their families in the community.
For more information, check out WPA's website.