National Resource Center on Justice Involved Women


Current Opportunities For Technical Assistance from NRCJIW: Apply Now!

The NRCJIW offers training and technical assistance to government agencies and community and faith-based organizations to support their work with justice-involved women. The NRCJIW provides assistance and information to practitioners through a variety of means, including:

  • Making presentations at national and state criminal justice professional associations
  • Providing speakers for state and local conferences and training events
  • Conducting webinars on key topics
  • Facilitating strategic planning, leadership, policy development and other meetings
  • Producing and disseminating documents such as topical briefs, coaching packets, and "how-to's"
  • Maintaining a website (calendar of events, highlights of successful programs, profiles of leaders, emerging research, links and resources)
  • Responding to requests for information from the field.

For frequently asked questions about the assistance we offer, visit or click here to download a TTA Request Form.

Resources Available on the NRCJIW Web Site

The NRCJIW web site ( maintains an extensive catalog of articles and other documents on a variety of topics related to women involved in the criminal justice system.  The topics include:

  • General Resources
  • Correctional Environments
  • Offender Management and Supervision
  • Classification, Assessment, and Case Management
  • Treatment, Interventions, and Services
  • Community Reentry
  • Quality Assurance and Evaluation
  • Critical Issues

To access resources in these areas, or to be connected to products produced by the NRCJIW or linked to its partners, visit

Have a Question About Women Involved in the Justice System?

NRCJIW has staff available to answer your questions about working with justice involved women.  A sample of previously asked questions can be found at  If you have a question you would like us to research and answer, visit

National Resource Center on Justice Involved Women Newsletter

February 2015

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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