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    States of Women's Incarceration: The Global Context

    Mass incarceration in the United States is a hot topic in the news. The United States incarcerates 716 people for every 100,000 residents. That number is higher than any other country in the world. Most of those incarcerated are men, but hidden in the incarceration numbers are the number of women held in correctional facilities. The Prison Policy Initiative released a new report that compares the incarceration rate of women in individual U.S. states to other countries. This report, States of Women's...
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    Register Now - Implementing Policies and Practices on the Non-Use of Restraints with Incarcerated Pregnant Women

    Reserve your spot for the upcoming webinar, Implementing Policies and Practices on the Non-Use of Restraints with Incarcerated Pregnant Women , from the National Resource Center on Justice Involved Women and co-sponsored by the Bureau of Justice Assistance and the National Institute of Corrections. About the webinar: In 2013, the National Task Force on the Use of Restraints with Pregnant Women under Correctional Custody developed a best practices statement to articulate a set of principles and recommendations...
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    New in the Library – Safeguarding the Rights of Girls in the Criminal Justice System

    From the Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence Against Children, Safeguarding the Rights of Girls in the Criminal Justice System , provides an international view on how “girls who fall victim to violence often find themselves criminalized, which can lead, in turn, to further violence against them in the criminal justice system.” Sections of the report include: Factors contributing to the vulnerability of girls in the criminal justice system; Gender...
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    New in the Library - Compendium of Research on Violence Against Women

    From the National Institute of Justice, Victim and Victimization Research Division, the Compendium of Research on Violence Against Women, 1993-2014 , is updated annually to give researchers and support providers easier access to recent evidence-based findings. The Compendium includes an abstract of each grant research study with details on how to find further publications. Sections of the Compendium include topics such as: Justice & Related Systems - Victim Services; Definition & Measurement...
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    Apply Now: How Being Trauma-Informed Improves Criminal Justice System Responses

    SAMHSA’s GAINS Center for Behavioral Health and Justice Transformation is soliciting applications from communities interested in developing a capacity to provide trauma-informed training. The GAINS Center is offering a series of Train-The-Trainer (TTT) events to train local trainers to deliver its How Being Trauma-Informed Improves Criminal Justice System Responses training program. The target audiences for this training program are primarily community-based criminal justice system professionals...
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    In the News: Why Intersectionality Can’t Wait

    A recent Washington Post opinion written by Kimberle Crenshaw, Why Intersectionality Can’t Wait , discusses the continued importance of intersectionality, particularly for women and girls of color. The term, Intersectionality , was coined by Crenshaw to illustrate “how black women were often marginalized by both feminist and anti-racist movements because their concerns did not fit comfortably within either group.” In her 2012 article, From Private Violence to Mass Incarceration...
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    New in the Library - Gender Injustice: System-Level Juvenile Justice Reform for Girls

    From the National Crittenton Foundation and the National Women’s Law Center, this 2015 report, Gender Injustice: System-Level Juvenile Justice Reforms for Girls , notes that although the proportion of girls in the juvenile justice system has increased: “juvenile justice systems are routinely failing to modify promising system reforms for girls or even to collect data on how girls are affected by the problems systems seek to remedy.” Highlights from the Executive Summary: In the...
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    In the News: Center to Support Women Leaving Jail Signals New Day in Justice Reform

    The Utah online news site Deseret News recently published an article entitled “ Center to support women leaving jail signals new day in justice reform ,” which describes the grand opening of the CORE II facility. The 16-bed residential program serves women leaving incarceration who need support as they prepare to re-enter the community. CORE stands for Co-Occurring Re-entry and Empowerment. The CORE program is targeted at the Severely Persistently Mentally Ill (SPMI) needing high levels...
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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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