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    Building Gender Informed Practices at the Pretrial Stage – Lessons Learned

    From the National Resource Center on Justice Involved Women (NRCJIW), Building Gender Informed Practices at the Pretrial Stage: Lessons Learned about Implementing the Inventory of Needs (ION) in Dutchess County, New York , highlights how gender neutral risk factors may miss critical gender specific factors that can achieve more successful outcomes for justice involved women. In 2010, Hamilton County engaged in a project with the University of Cincinnati and supported by the National Institute of...
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    Reducing Economic Disparities for Female Offenders: The Oxford House Model

    Available through the DePaul University, College of Science and Health, this study focuses on the positive relationship between living in Oxford House and an increase in employment wages for women with a criminal history. Oxford House is the largest single network of recovery houses in the United States, with more than 10,000 individuals living in approximately 1700 houses (Oxford House Inc., 2013). The houses are usually located in middle-class neighborhoods with access to jobs and transportation...
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    Gender Responsive Interventions in the Era of Evidence-Based Practice: A Consumer’s Guide to Understanding Research

    This monograph , authored by Patricia Van Voorhis, underscores the "need for policymakers and practitioners to understand the fundamentals of research in order to guide their work with justice involved women. This means being informed about existing research (i.e., findings from both gender neutral and gender responsive research) and understanding how studies are conducted (e.g., sample sizes, outcome measures). It also means being astute designers of studies they wish to conduct within their...
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    Webinar: Trauma-Informed Court Approaches for Mental Health Court Curriculum Trainers

    If you missed this informative webinar, view the recording and slide presentation here . From the National Resource Center on Justice Involved Women (NRCJIW) and The Council of State Governments: This webinar for mental health court curriculum state trainers discusses strategies to utilize trauma-informed court approaches in mental health courts. Alyssa Benedict, a trainer for the NRCJIW, discusses the essential role of trauma-informed care within a mental health court, and Judge Marcia Hirsch from...
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    From Incarcerated Mother to Community Role Model: Unique Parenting Program in Bexar County Credited with Inmate's Turnaround

    Michele Brown had a “30-year history of cocaine addiction and spent many years in and out of the criminal justice system for crimes associated with her habit. After completing a prison sentence, Brown completed something else: her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Texas A&M University.” This Corrections Today article describes Brown’s journey and the Bexar County Mothers and Their Children (MATCH) parenting program that helped make it successful. Highlights from...
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    NRCJIW Jail Tip Sheets on Justice Involved Women

    Available from the National Resource Center on Justice Involved Women (NRCJIW), these Tip Sheets were created to facilitate the implementation of gender-informed approaches with women in jail settings. The tip sheets are intended to be used by correctional staff and treatment providers in their work with women. This series of eight tip sheets were developed in response to recommendations from participants at the Women in Jails Summit held in October, 2014. During the summit, jail practitioners asked...
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    Best Practice Toolkit for Working with Domestic Violence Survivors with Criminal Histories

    Published by the Michigan Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence, this Toolkit was developed to assist correctional professionals and those in the criminal legal system working with survivors of domestic violence. “Corrections officers can avoid or minimize crisis within the institution by understanding the impact of trauma of people, and engaging in more trauma-informed behaviors. Defense attorneys need to understand domestic violence in order to effectively assist their clients, while...
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    Reentry TIPSHEETS for Women

    The series, Reentry TIPSHEETS for Women , is designed to help correctional staff and other supportive stakeholders, who are working with women during the pre-release planning process and during reentry to address their needs as they transition to the community. The TIPSHEETS are an important resource for staff to use as a component of their ongoing discussions with the woman during her reentry planning process, and as a reminder of discussions and plans that have been identified during her period...
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    NIC’s Justice Involved Women’s Initiative

    National Reentry Week April 24-30, 2016 NIC’s work over the years with justice involved women incorporates evidence based, gender informed research that continues to emerge in several critical areas. The emergence of evidence based practices was a turning point in correctional work, but the addition of gender-informed research and knowledge from that body of work directs us to sharpen our practices with women. Two earlier and significant initiatives built the foundation for NIC’s gender...
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    Women in Apprenticeship and Nontraditional Occupations (WANTO) Technical Assistance (TA) Grants

    The United States Labor Department is offering $1.9M in grant funding to expand apprenticeships and support for women i n nontraditional occupations. Those occupations include manufacturing, transportation, energy, construction and information technology. The department will award approximately four grants to community-based organizations to create regional, multi-state Technical Assistance Resource Centers. The centers will support efforts to increase the number of women entering into nontraditional...
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    The Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women Launch National Council

    This Friday, April 22, at the National Press Club the National Council for Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls will launch a new organization. This Council is the first-ever national organization created and led by incarcerated and formerly incarcerated women and girls. From the press release: “The National Council for Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls supports the work of incarcerated and formerly incarcerated women and girls who are contributing to...
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    Women’s Risk Need Assessment (WRNA) Goes International

    The needs of justice involved women are very different than that of their male counterparts, yet most of the policies, assessments, and programs of the criminal justice system were developed with men in mind. To address this issue the National Institute of Corrections and the University of Cincinnati developed the Women’s Risk Need Assessment (WRNA) in 2008. It is a gender-responsive actuarial risk assessment tool, designed to account for women’s risk factors, or criminogenic needs, associated...
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    What should a women’s prison look like?

    “Historically prison buildings have largely been designed for the majority male prisoner population. However, the growing understanding that women who offend are different from men − from their typical backgrounds and the nature of their offences, to their experience of abuse and their care-taking responsibilities is also leading architects and planners to consider how prison facilities might also be designed in a gender-sensitive manner.” This blog posting from Penal Reform International...
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    Justice Involved Women: Developing an Agency-Wide Approach

    This program is designed for making systemic changes to improve management of women involved in the criminal justice system. The training is offered in a blended format for teams of 3-4 individuals. There are three sequential phases --online learning, face-to-face training and follow up coaching. Through blended learning delivery this 36-hour program leads participant teams through strategic planning to develop an agency plan that provides coordination and direction to manage women offenders effectively...
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    The Double Imprisonment of Battered Women Who Are Incarcerated

    From End Domestic Abuse WI , this Coalition Chronicles newsletter issue focuses on women who are “doubly imprisoned: first, by trauma from the violence they have suffered, and second, by the iron bars and razor wire fences that surround them daily.” This issue contains excerpts from articles on research and best practices in the field, stories from survivors of abuse and imprisonment, and resources for reentry. Articles in the issue include: Women’s Experiences of Abuse as Risk...
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