Evie Litwok speaks at the LA LGBT Center May 5th, 2016

When Evie Litwok was 60 years old, she was wrongly convicted of tax evasion and sent to a Federal women’s prison. Just before she was sentenced, her mother, a Holocaust survivor, told her, “It will be harder for you to be in prison than it was for me to be in a concentration camp. I was 12 years old then, and you are 60.” Litwok personally experienced many of the shocking injustices faced by millions daily. In her case, being an out lesbian in the early 1990s only made things worse.

Please join Ms. Litwok for a riveting, first-hand exposé at the criminal justice system and its treatment of LGBT people.

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Evie Litwok interviewed for Jewish Standard

Making the case for prison reform

It’s not every synagogue speaker who has served two stints in jail for mail fraud. Then again, it’s not every former prisoner who wants to document the experience of other former prisoners the way Steven Spielberg recorded the memories of her Holocaust survivor parents. And even fewer of those documentary-making former prisoners grew up in Teaneck.

I went to prison at age 60. Here’s what I learned

I was released from the Federal Correction Institution, Tallahassee one year ago. I was taken to the Greyhound bus station and given a ticket to head home to New York. For the first time in close to a year, I went unescorted to a store to buy a cup of coffee. I didn’t feel free. I felt anxious.

I have been in prison twice. The first time, I was 60 years old, and I was convicted on three felony counts of tax evasion and one count of mail fraud. I was released when my case was overturned as two of the tax charges were deemed legally insufficient based upon the evidence presented by the government. I then went to prison a second time at age 63 when one of the tax evasion charges was retried. Prior to both trials, I was offered plea bargains with no jail time, but I was innocent so I fought the charges.

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I have to be a witness for the millions in prison

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Evie Litwok, the daughter of two Holocaust survivors, was born into a life of social activism and worked for many years in support of civil rights, women’s rights, and LGBTQ rights. But it wasn’t until her own arrest, conviction and eventual incarceration that she took up the cause of prisoners’ rights. “Nothing prepared me for what I saw in prison – the suffering, indignity, inhumanity and abuse,” she explains. “So I came out wanting to do something.” (more…)

Evie Litwok is honored to be a part of JustLeadershipUSA

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JustLeadershipUSA launches Inaugural ‘Leading with
Conviction’ training for formerly incarcerated leaders from
across America to advocate for prison reform
New York, NY –JustLeadershipUSA
(www.justleadershipusa.org)

JustLeadershipUSA is dedicated to cutting the US prison population in half
by 2030 while reducing crime, by empowering people most impacted by
crime and incarceration to drive policy reform. JustLeadershipUSA was
founded by Glenn E. Martin, a national criminal justice advocate who
spent 6 years in prison, on the principle that those closest to the problem
are closest to the solution. (more…)

Exoffendernation.com presents its questions for the Presidential candidates

The debates this year have offered little insight into issues the 47% of America. Left unquestioned and unanswered are issues of poverty, LGBT rights, black and hispanic issues, illegal immigrants, the elderly poor, criminal justice, climate change and the preservation of our earth and all wildlife in it. Ex-offender Nation proposes a Skype style question and answer for all candidates running in this years elections. The following is a list of proposed questions in the area of criminal justice. (more…)

Election 2012: Pay attention to the 159 Ballot Initiatives in EVERY STATE

While we spend our days watching the daily polling, gafs and goings on of the Presidential candidates, we must not limit our attention to the Presidential election.

The Senate, House, Governors and state legislators are also up for election. In addition and perhaps, most significant, 159 ballot initiatives require “our” attention. These ballot initiatives, “citizen” proposals, will determine whether we further our gains in civil and human rights. (more…)