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    New in the Library – World Female Imprisonment List

    From the Institute for Criminal Policy Research this 2015 statistical report, World Female Imprisonment List , provides “information for almost all countries in the world about the female prison population, the percentage of the total prison population they comprise and the rate per 100,000 of the national population. It also includes information about trends in female imprisonment.” Highlights from the report: More than 700,000 women and girls are in prison around the world. Female prison...
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    Book Review: The Beginning and End of Rape

    This review published in Indian Country Today Media Network covers Sarah Deer’s upcoming book The Beginning and End of Rape: Confronting Sexual Violence in Native America . Citing the statistic that “American Indian and Alaska Native women are raped at a rate 3 to 10 times greater than the national average” Deer argues that “rape is a direct and serious threat to tribal sovereignty.” Quotes from the review: “Native people suffer from a high rate of social ills—drug...
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    Gender and Justice in America - Blog Series

    Published by the Vera Institute for Justice , Gender & Justice in America - Blog Series , explores “issues facing justice-involved women and girls in the fields of adult corrections, youth justice, immigration, victimization, substance use, and mental health.” The series first appeared on June 19, 2015 and the first blog post focused on the growing population and consequences of incarceration and detention of women and girls. Blog articles include: Alternatives to incarceration for...
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    Recently Released: Handbook for Recovery After a Suicide Attempt

    This handbook from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) "guides people through the first steps toward recovery and a hopeful future after a suicide attempt.” A Journey Toward Health and Hope: Your Handbook for Recovery After a Suicide Attempt contains personal stories from survivors who share their experiences as well as strategies, such as re-establishing connections and finding a counselor to work with. The handbook includes evidence-based information...
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    Upcoming Webcast - Building a Trauma-Informed Nation: Moving the Conversation Into Action

    Join this free webcast, Building a Trauma-Informed Nation: Moving the Conversation Into Action , hosted by The Federal Partners Committee on Women & Trauma on September 29-30, 2015. About the webcast: The United States is experiencing a public health crisis: an epidemic of trauma, violence and toxic stress. In response, efforts to create trauma-informed change are growing exponentially across the nation. Learn how communities are responding and develop your own strategy to amplify change through...
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    Register Now: AJFO Conference

    The 16th Bi-Annual Adult and Juvenile Female Offenders (AJFO) Conference, Justice Involved Women and Girls: New Paths to Resiliency , will be held October 13-15, 2015 in Hartford Connecticut. The Conference focuses exclusively on women and girls in the criminal justice system. This year’s program includes: Jeannette Pai-Espinosa, President of The National Crittenton Foundation, and Co-Director, National Girls initiative presenting with girls with experience in the juvenile justice system; Meda...
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    In the News - Women Build a National Network: FreeHer

    The independent online news site Truthout recently published an article--titled “ FreeHer: Formerly Incarcerated Women Build a National Network ,” which describes the FreeHer conference held in Cambridge, Massachusetts August 4-5. 2015. The conference is a brainchild of Andrea James, a founding member and executive directory for Families for Justice as Healing (FJH) .” From the article: The FreeHer Conference, this year, was the kickoff for [Andrea] James' Soros Justice project...
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    Register Now! Improving Healthcare for Incarcerated Women

    Sign up today to attend this free webinar, Improving Healthcare for Incarcerated Women , being held Thursday, August 20, 2015 from 1:00 – 2:30 PM ET. From the National Resource Center on Justice Involved Women (NRCJIW) and co-sponsored by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Assistance and the National Institute of Corrections : Incarcerated women have unique, gender-specific health care needs, including full-spectrum pregnancy care, family planning...
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    Save the Dates! Building a Trauma-Informed Nation: Moving the Conversation into Action

    Reserve a spot on your calendar on September 29-30, 2015 for this seminal meeting, Building a Trauma-Informed Nation: Moving the Conversation into Action , designed to expand the conversation about trauma-informed approaches and create a national action agenda for creating a trauma-informed nation. This meeting will spotlight effective implementation of trauma-informed approaches in four major areas: education, health care, the justice system, and communities and congregations. Within each of these...
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    New in the Library - Guide for Drafting or Revising Victim-Centered Tribal Laws Against Domestic Violence

    From the Tribal Law and Policy Institute, this 2015 resource guide, Domestic Violence Laws Guide for Drafting or Revising Victim-Centered Tribal Laws Against Domestic Violence , provides “a victim-entered approach to domestic violence against Native women” and includes exercises, examples, and discussion questions to help tribes customize their laws to meet the needs of their community. The resource guide is organized into the following sections: General provisions; Jurisdiction—criminal...
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    Obesity in Prison: A Gender Difference

    A 2015 Bureau of Justice Statistics special report, Medical Problems of State and Federal Prisoners and Jail Inmates , highlighted an interesting statistical difference between incarcerated males and females. The report stated: While female prisoners and jail inmates were less likely than males to be overweight, they were more likely to be obese or morbidly obese.” The numbers showed female prisoners (35%) were less likely than males (47%) to be overweight. However, female (43%) prisoners were...
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    In the News: History of Abuse Seen in Many Girls in Juvenile System

    This recent article published in the New York Times summarizes a report on girls in the juvenile justice system with a history of sexual and physical abuse. The study, “ The Sexual Abuse to Prison Pipeline: The Girls’ Story ,” found that “sexual abuse was among the primary predictors of girls’ involvement with juvenile justice systems, but that the systems were ill-equipped to identify or treat the problem.” From the article: As many as 80 percent of the girls...
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    Register Now! Women Unbarred: Recovery and Supports for Women Involved with Criminal Justice

    Reserve a spot on your calendar on July 23, 2015 for the upcoming webinar, Women Unbarred: Recovery and Supports for Women Involved with the Criminal Justice System , the fifth webinar in the Women Matter series from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). About the webinar: This webinar centers on the unique experiences, barriers to recovery and reentry into society, that women often face during and after incarceration. Experts will address the experiences, needs...
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    Children Of Incarcerated Parents Attend First Summer Camp

    This recent news release by the Washington State Department of Corrections (DOC) provides a view into the activities at their first summer camp for children of incarcerated parents. The DOC, in partnership with the Girl Scouts of Western Washington, hosted the Kids United By Incarceration, KUBI, camp from June 17–19 to provide “a fun experience the kids might not otherwise have the opportunity enjoy”. From the article: Twenty-two children arrived at a remote wooded camp this week...
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    Santa Maria Hostel Offers Path to Recovery for Houston Women

    This recent article from the Council of State Governments highlights the Santa Maria’s Path to Recovery Program, which received a 2013 Second Chance Act mentoring grant, and has been serving women in the Houston area since 2011. More than 370 women and their children are Path to Recovery alums, having moved through programs such as BAMBI , which is the Baby and Mother Bonding Initiative, or Women Helping Ourselves (WHO), which serves pregnant female offenders in Harris County Community Supervision...
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