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.
MEETING THE NEEDS OF WOMEN IN JAILS: A NATIONAL SUMMIT
The NRCJIW, in partnership with the American Jails Association, conducted a jail summit in October 2017 entitled From Entry to Exit: Meeting the Needs of Women in Jails to Reduce their Involvement in the Criminal Justice System. The summit featured 30 jail administrators, justice practitioners, service providers, federal officials, and others from around the country with expertise in working with justice-involved women and knowledge about gender-informed policies and practices.
The NRCJIW plans to conduct a follow-up webinar open to the public by the end of the year. The webinar will share information discussed at the summit including concrete strategies that local corrections agencies can implement to improve transition and reentry for justice-involved women with the ultimate goal of reducing their further involvement in criminal justice. Stay tuned for details on the date and time of the webinar and how to register!
JOIN US AT AJFO IN SANTA CLARA! DECEMBER 11-13, 2017
Please join us at the Association for Justice-Involved Females and Organizations (AJFO) conference in Santa Clara, California! The 17th Bi-Annual – Association of Justice-Involved Females and Organizations Conference will be convened in Santa Clara, California on December 11-13, 2017. The theme of this year’s conference will be Changing the Narrative for Justice Involved Women and Girls: the Journey from Reform to Transformation. Click here to visit the AJFO conference website for upcoming details on registration and logistics.
On December 12, the NRCJIW will offer a two-part workshop that will explore how two organizations, the Alabama Department of Corrections and the Illinois Department of Corrections, are transforming criminal justice policies and practices for women and their families, staff and communities “from the inside out” and “from the outside in”. The sessions will focus on facility-level and state-level changes made towards building a model women’s correctional system based on gender responsive, trauma-informed and evidence-based principles. Change leaders from each state will share the resources and strategies they have found to be the most helpful and the steps they are taking to overcome identified challenges.
On December 13, the NRCJIW will be joined by the Fifth Judicial District Department of Correctional Services in Iowa and the Council of State Governments to present on the intersection of mental illness, substance abuse, and trauma and women’s involvement in the justice system. The workshop will explore with participants how to develop strategies to better address the needs of women with these disorders so that they can lead healthy and successful lives. We hope to see you there!
WOMEN’S MASS INCARCERATION: THE WHOLE PIE 2017
The Prison Policy Initiative and the ACLU’s Campaign for Smart Justice have produced a document and corresponding graphics that provide comprehensive data on women incarcerated in the Unites States. This report provides a first-of-its-kind detailed view of women incarcerated in the United States, and how they fit into the even larger picture of correctional control. The materials illustrate the correctional systems that incarcerate or supervise justice-involved women, and document the types of crimes for which women are incarcerated or placed on community supervision.
Some of the report’s key findings include:
- 219,000 women are incarcerated in the United States.
- A staggering number of women who are incarcerated are not even convicted: more than a quarter of women who are behind bars have not yet had a trial.
- Moreover, 60% of women in jail have not been convicted of a crime and are awaiting trial.
- Avoiding pre-trial incarceration is uniquely challenging for women.
- Incarcerated women, who have lower incomes than incarcerated men, have an even harder time affording cash bail.
- 80% of women in jails are mothers, and most of them are primary caretakers of their children. Thus children are particularly susceptible to the domino effect of burdens placed on incarcerated women.
- Women in jails are also more likely to suffer from mental health problems and experience serious psychological distress than either women in prisons or men in either correctional setting.
For more information about this important resource, click here.
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