National Resource Center on Justice Involved Women Newsletter
The National Resource Center on Justice Involved Women (NRCJIW) provides guidance and support to justice professionals – and promotes evidence-based, gender-responsive policies and practices – to reduce the number and improve the outcomes of women involved in the criminal justice system.
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Upcoming Webinar: Enhance Safety and Security in Jail Settings through Trauma-informed Practices
The NRCJIW is partnering with the American Jail Association to conduct a webinar on Using Trauma-Informed Approaches with Women Inmates to Enhance Safety and Security in Jail Settings on Wednesday, March 11, 2015, 2:00 – 3:30p.m. EST.
Understanding what trauma is and how it is exhibited in women inmates’ behaviors is important information for jail staff who want to work more effectively (and safely) with women inmates. In addition to presenting information on the research on trauma, this webinar will provide practical information on how to communicate with women inmates in a trauma-informed manner, how to create safety and security through trauma-informed practice, and how to respond to disclosure.
Presenters: Alyssa Benedict, CORE Associates, LLC and Stevyn Fogg, NRCJIW
To register to attend this webinar, click here.
Now Available from the NRCJIW: Gender Responsive Discipline and Sanctions Policy Guide for Women's Facilities.
The Guide is designed to assist corrections professionals in revising discipline and sanctions policies and practices to more effectively manage women inmates, and create safer facilities for staff and inmates. Criminal justice professionals may choose to use the guide as a whole to guide an in-depth self-assessment of discipline and sanctions policies and practices, or they may choose to focus on one or more sections based on their particular area of interest – for example, research implications, integration with ACA standards, or legal issues.
Please click here to access our newly released Gender Responsive Discipline and Sanctions Policy Guide for Women's Facilities.
Upcoming Webinar on Co-Occurring Mental Health Issues and Trauma in Women with Substance Use Disorders
Join this free webinar, Women in the Mirror: Addressing Co-Occurring Mental Health Issues and Trauma in Women with Substance Use Disorders, being held on March 5, 2015 3:00-4:30 PM ET.
Women with substance use disorders have alarmingly high rates of co-occurring mental health issues and histories of trauma. Failure to address these issues and their interconnections can lead to significant setbacks in recovery. This session offers current information about effective interventions and strategies for supporting women with co-occurring substance use, trauma, and mental health issues. Topics include: trauma, eating disorders, depression, bipolar disorder, and PTSD among women with substance use disorders.
Register here for this event.
Announcing: Women Offenders: Developing an Agencywide Approach
The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) will be offering a revised blended learning program, to include independent activities and an in-class training at the National Corrections Academy in Aurora, Colorado from Aug. 11 - 13, 2015.
This training will lead participant teams through strategic planning to develop an agency plan that provides coordination and direction to systemically enhance management of justice involved women. Agency teams will create an action plan to guide the development of agency policies and procedures, to ensure that responsive and effective services are provided to meet the case management and programming needs of women.
As a result of the training, agencies and jurisdictions will use gender-informed, evidence-based knowledge as a foundation to advance systemic changes to improve outcomes for women offenders. Identified outcomes for women offenders can include, but are not limited to; risk and harm reduction, reduced recidivism rates, family reunification, improved self-efficiency/efficacy, effective community stabilization, and successful reintegration/re-entry.
Administrators, policymakers, individuals with oversight/management of women’s prisons and jails, as well as community supervision agencies are the target audience for this meeting.
For more information about this resource, click here.
Mark Your Calendars: AJFO Conference
The 16th Bi-Annual Adult and Juvenile Female Offenders (AJFO) conference will be held October 13-15, 2015. The conference is entitled “Justice Involved Women and Girls: New Paths to Resiliency” and will be located in Hartford, Connecticut at the Marriott Downtown.
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Click here to download the conference flyer.
This announcement is available at NIC's Gender-Responsive News for Women and Girls. Feel free to forward to friends and colleagues. Subscribe to the newsletter at http://nicic.gov/go/subscribe.