Dream Corps

Rhonda Turpin

Rhonda Turpin is a formerly incarcerated woman who served 15 ½ years for a nonviolent conspiracy offense. She received an early release from FCI Lexington. Throughout her incarceration, she completed over 40 courses. Prior to prison, she was an Executive Director of a non-profit, JUMP Inc, and owner of an internet cafe. She completed her Master’s Degree from Cleveland State University earlier in life. Before coming to prison she was a funding consultant and grant writer for 24 agencies that included churches and Universities. 

Rhonda was released through the good time credit clause and left prison 108 days earlier than her scheduled release date. While incarcerated her 34-year-old daughter was killed in a “freak” accident. She is excited to raise her five grandchildren that her daughter left behind when she was killed. During the Obama Administration, she petitioned for clemency but was denied. Her passion at this time in her life is writing and assisting 501-c-3 organizations in grant writing.  

Her permanent resident is in Cleveland, Ohio. She is a grant writer by trade, with more than 30 years of experience, with a Doctorate in Philosophy, and a Master’s Degree (MSUS) from Cleveland State University. She is also currently a writer for the Michigan Chronicles newspaper.  Martha Stewart mentored her in writing her first book at Alderson West Virginia Prison Camp. Her background consists off three decades of dealing with women and men with barriers to success and assisting them in overcoming them.