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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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    Upcoming Webinar: Gender-Informed Strategies in Pretrial

    Register now to attend this free webinar, Implementing Gender-Informed Strategies at the Pretrial Stage: Research to Practice , being held June 25 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 : Research has identified women’s pathways into the criminal justice system that highlight specific...
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    Recently Released: Meeting the Needs of Women in California’s County Justice Systems

    This toolkit authored by Barbara E. Bloom, Ph.D. "describes how counties can benefit from developing criminal justice solutions focused on women”. Meeting the Needs of Women in California's County Justice Systems: A Toolkit for Policymakers and Practitioners provides suggestions for innovative and focused interventions, an overview of risk and needs assessments, recommendations for creating community-based options for women, and key steps for working toward sustainable reductions in...
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    Request for Proposals for the 17th Biannual AJFO Workshop Conference 2017

    The National Workshops on Adult and Juvenile Female Offenders have been held every two years since the 1980s. A committee from the Association of Programs for Female Offenders (APFO) will make the site selection and announce the decision during the 16 th Biannual Workshops in October 2015 in Hartford, Connecticut, based on information provided by potential hosts in the following format: Sponsorship A major state agency or consortium of agencies or groups can sponsor a conference. A letter of support...
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    New E-Learning Courses – Justice Involved Women

    Now available on the NIC Learning Center , the National Institute of Corrections has developed a series of five e-courses addressing the importance of using a gender-responsive approach with justice involved women. This series includes the following courses: Who Are Justice-Involved Women? - This course provides a broad overview of research and evidence-based practices and addresses the significance of gender-responsive research on women. It covers how the research sharpens correctional practice...
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    Recently Released: The New Mothers of Bedford Hills

    This article published by The Marshall Project provides a selection of one photographer’s images of motherhood in prison. The New Mothers of Bedford Hills highlights photos from the Children’s Center at Bedford Hills Correctional Facility in Westchester County, New York. From the article: In 1993, Charlyn Zlotnik photographed Sister Elaine Roulet (photo right), a nun who helped open the Children’s Center at Bedford Hills Correctional Facility in Westchester County, New York, the...
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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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