Barbara Mancini graduated from Penn State University and Widener University with degrees in nursing. She has worked in emergency nursing for over three decades.
In 2013, she was arrested and prosecuted in Pennsylvania on the charge of aiding the attempted suicide of her dying 93-year old father after handing him his prescribed morphine five days before his death.A hospice nurse and police ignored his written advanced directives, and he was then hospitalized and treated in defiance of his end-of-life wishes.Barbara’s prosecution lasted a year, during which time it garnered national and global attention, and it was roundly criticized throughout the media.
She has traveled the country speaking about her experience, and has become a vocal advocate for improved end-of-life care and expanded end-of-life options. Her criminal case also led to her interest in criminal justice advocacy, and in 2017 she completed an internship with the Pennsylvania Innocence Project. She began work as a paralegal in the pre-trial unit of the Montgomery County Public Defender’s Office in 2018.