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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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    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: 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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    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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    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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