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.
The NRCJIW is Now on Social Media!
The NRCJIW is excited to announce the launch of our new Facebook page and Twitter feed. Please visit and like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for updates on our work and other critical issues related to women in the justice system. We look forward to “seeing” you on line!
AJFO Call for Proposals
Consider presenting at the only professional conference focused exclusively justice involved women and girls. The Association of Justice-Involved Females and Organizations (AJFO) is seeking workshop proposals that
- Share strategies for building resiliency for women, girls, and the community of criminal justice professionals who serve them
- Invite women with lived experience to inform this work
- Improve responses to women and girls involved in the criminal justice system
- Provide participants with opportunities for renewal and revitalization
- Build individual and organizational capacity to advance the field
- Incorporate the arts as a vehicle for accomplishing all of the above
The deadline for submissions is Monday, April 10, 2017. The conference will take place on December 11-13 in Santa Clara, CA. Click here for more information on the call for proposals.
Save the Date: Pregnancy in Correctional Settings
Mark your calendars for December 10, 2017 for a convening to discuss the outcomes, challenges, best practices, and next steps related to improving the care of incarcerated pregnant women. The session will include the latest information from the Pregnancy in Prison Statistics (PIPS) Project, which manages a reporting system for prisons and jails across the U.S. to report critical data on pregnant women. The session will be conducted in conjunction with the AFJO conference in Santa Clara, CA, and will be facilitated by Dr. Carolyn Sufrin, OB-GYN at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and PIPS project staff. Click here for more information.
Chester County (PA) Reentry Initiative Recognized
A Chester County (PA) reentry program developed for women received accolades from the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, which named the program as a semi-finalist in the Innovations in American Government Awards. The Women’s Re-entry Assessment and Programming (WRAP) initiative is a “trauma-informed” approach to dealing with women in the justice system. The program, which began in 2014, started with one probation officer trained in motivational interviewing and trauma-informed approaches serving 50 women. In two years, WRAP expanded to three trained probation officers and two full-time community case managers working with 149 women. Staff use curricula and tools that address women’s risk factors such as Moving On and S.E.L.F. County Commissioner Michelle Kichline described the WRAP program as “transforming a male-centric justice system to one of connections and interventions that respect the life experiences women bring to the system.” Since the start of the program, the county has seen the recidivism rate among female offenders drop by more than 60 percent and technical violations drop by more than 70 percent.
Click here to read the Times Herald article.
In the News: Oregon Among States Facing Rapid Increase in Female Prison Population
The Statesman Journal newspaper reports that the number of women imprisoned in the Oregon Department of Corrections has nearly tripled over the past 20 years even though women are not committing more frequent or serious crimes. Oregon is not the only state facing a massive increase in the number of women who are incarcerated — female inmates increased by 700 percent from 1980 to 2014. Click here to read more.
In the News: Leaving Prison – With a Business Plan
The Homestead Correctional Institution in Florida’s LEAP program is providing women with counseling, job skills training, and the encouragement and support to develop a business plan in the hopes of spurring entrepreneurship for a group of women who may encounter difficulty finding work. LEAP also provides transitional housing to a small group of women and is hoping to expand. “I’m starting over completely from scratch,” said one LEAP graduate. “I have nothing that ties me to my old life. I’ve learned valuable skills, entrepreneurship, life skills, coping skills from the LEAP program and I’m excited, I can’t wait." For more information on LEAP, click here.
In the News: Arkansas Program Helps Women to Get Back on their Feet
Click here to learn more about the Cornerstone Transitional Home in Arkansas, which is working to serve women who have been released from jail and give many a second chance to reenter the community safely.