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    New in the Library - Handbook on Women and Imprisonment

    From the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, this 2014 document, Handbook on Women and Imprisonment , focuses on “female prisoners and guidance on the components of a gender-sensitive approach to prison management, taking into account the typical background of female prisoners and their special needs as women in prison". The handbook is divided into four chapters. Chapter 1—The Special Needs of Female Offenders: including gender-specific and health-care needs; safety in prison;...
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    New in the Library - Trauma among Girls in the Juvenile Justice System

    From the National Child Traumatic Stress Network and the Juvenile Justice Consortium, this 2014 report examines the effect of trauma on girls involved in the juvenile justice system. Trauma among Girls in the Juvenile Justice System discusses why there are increasing numbers of girls in the juvenile justice system and documents the prevalence and potential consequences of trauma for girls. Highlights from the report: Girls now account for approximately 30 percent of the estimated 2.11 million juvenile...
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    New Publication: Moving Beyond Incarceration for Women in Massachusetts

    From the Wellesley Centers for Women, this 2015 Massachusetts Women’s Justice Network (MWJN) Policy Brief is intended to help policy makers and others understand MWJN’s concerns with the state’s bail and pretrial practices for women and to ensure that they are addressed by current legislative and administrative efforts at pretrial reform. Moving Beyond Incarceration for Women in Massachusetts: The Necessity of Bail/Pretrial Reform provides data on bail and pretrial detention for...
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    Register Now: Girls Adjudicated as Adults

    Reserve a spot on your calendar on May 13, 2015 for the upcoming webinar, Girls Adjudicated as Adults , sponsored by the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) and the National Council on Crime & Delinquency (NCCD). About the webinar: Over the past three decades, states across the country passed legislation making it easier to move youth under 18 into the adult criminal justice system. Although not widely considered by practitioners, researchers and other related stakeholders, a growing proportion...
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    Competitive Grant Announced for PREA Program

    The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) is seeking applications for funding for the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) Program. This program furthers the Department’s mission by providing resources to state, tribal, and local governments to implement comprehensive approaches to address the detection, prevention, and response to sexual abuse within confinement environments. This competitive grant, Demonstration Projects to Establish...
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    Hard Labor: A Doula Offers a Little Comfort for a Birth Behind Bars

    This feature article from The Marshall Project describes the Minnesota Prison Doula Project and the experiences of pregnant women giving birth in prison. Hard Labor: A Doula Offers a Little Comfort for a Birth Behind Bars tells the story of Brittany Seaver and her doula (birthing coach) during the 2011 delivery of her daughter from the Minnesota Shakopee facility. From the article: At any given time, of the roughly 98,000 female inmates in state institutions, an estimated 1 in 25 reported that they...
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    In the News: Rwanda Entrepreneurial Model Gives Hope to New Jersey Women Ex-Offenders

    This recent article published in The Huffington Post provides an overview of the Same Sky program offered at the Most Excellent Way Life Center in New Jersey. Rwanda Entrepreneurial Model Gives Hope to New Jersey Women Ex-Offenders describes how the Same Sky model is providing employment and a sense of purpose for female ex-offenders. From the article: Rev. Gloria Walton, founder of Most Excellent Way, gives female ex-offenders a fighting chance. She provides a supportive, sober, and emotionally...
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    New in the Library – Report on Consequences of Disciplinary and Push-out Policies for Girls of Color

    From the African American Policy Forum and the Center for Intersectionality and Social Policy Studies, this 2015 report seeks to “increase the awareness of the gendered consequences of disciplinary and push-out policies for girls of color, and, in particular, Black girls.” Black Girls Matter: Pushed Out, Overpoliced and Underprotected argues that existing research and public policy is underinformed and often fails to address the risks that black girls and girls of color confront. The...
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    WSPIC Video: Gender Responsive Core Guidelines

    From the Women’s Services Practice Improvement Collaborative (WSPIC), this video highlights core treatment guidelines developed by WSPIC and extracted from the larger group of Treatment Guidelines for Gender Responsive Treatment of Women with Substance Use Disorders. While all the treatment guidelines are important for an effective program, these core women’s program guideline areas are features of the program that are fundamental for women’s programs in particular. Core Women’s...
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    Call for Proposals: AJFO Conference on Justice Involved Women and Girls

    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. Call for Proposals (deadline extended to April 1st) The AJFO Conference is seeking speakers, presenters and workshops. AJFO is the only professional conference focused exclusively on women and girls involved with the justice system...
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    Upcoming Webinar: Using Trauma-Informed Approaches with Women Inmates to Enhance Safety and Security in Jail Settings

    Join this free webinar, Using Trauma-Informed Approaches with Women Inmates to Enhance Safety and Security in Jail Settings , being held on March 11, 2015 2:00-3:30 PM ET. From the National Resource Center on Justice Involved Women and the American Jail Association: Studies have revealed that past and current trauma is a common experience among justice-involved women. Understanding what trauma is and how it is exhibited in the behavior of women inmates is important for correctional staff who want...
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    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. Overview 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...
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    Mark Your Calender: 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. For future announcements visit: www.ajfo.org www.facebook.com/AJFOConnecticut www.womensconsortium.org Download flyer This announcement is available at NIC's Gender-Responsive News for Women and Girls . Feel free to forward...
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    TEDx Event: Does Gender Matter?

    The Washington State Department of Corrections is hosting a TEDx event at its Washington Corrections Center for Women , located in Gig Harbor, Washington. TED is a nonprofit devoted to “Ideas Worth Spreading”, usually in the form of short, powerful talks. It began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics – from science to business to global issues – in more than 100 languages. TEDx is an independently...
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    In the News: College Is Back In Session In Some Washington Prisons

    This recent article published in The Seattle Times provides an overview of the newly reinstituted support for college courses in Washington State prisons. Behind Bars, College Is Back In Session In Some Washington Prisons describes the opportunity for inmates, offers views from the professors, and discusses current research on the impact on recidivism and reducing costs of re-incarceration. From the article: Inmates who take college classes say that wrestling with big ideas stretches their intellectual...
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