Spending 23 years
in a California women’s prison, Romarilyn Ralston saw firsthand the factors
that bring women to prison and what needs to be changed. She worked alongside
peers, wardens and state officials to improve living conditions and to develop
gender-responsive practices for women in prison. After release from prison, she
earned a B.A. from Pitzer College in Gender & Feminist Studies, and a
Master’s degree from Washington University in St. Louis. She was awarded a Coro
Fellowship in Public Affairs.
Romarilyn joined the Center for Women in Transition, to assist with
programming, including gender-responsive, restorative justice, and
trauma-informed programs. Working with these women confirmed the need for
continuous criminal justice reform and reentry models. Now, as the Program
Coordinator for Project Rebound, supporting formerly incarcerated students
reintegrate into a college setting, she uses her experience to build stronger
solutions for returning citizens and increase their quality of life.