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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: 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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    Recently Released - Gender Responsive Discipline and Sanctions Policy Guide for Women’s Facilities

    From the National Resource Center on Justice Involved Women, this guide is “designed to assist corrections professionals in revising discipline and sanctions policies and practices to more effectively manage women inmates, and create safer facilities for staff and inmates. It builds on a growing body of research and practice that supports an approach to discipline and sanctions tailored to women inmates. It also provides a synopsis of American Correctional Association (ACA) standards, and case...
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    New!! In the NIC Library – Video Visiting in Corrections: Benefits, Limitations, and Implementation Considerations

    Approximately 200,000 women are in U.S. prisons and jails with a significant percentage being the sole parent or caregivers of minor, adolescent and teen-aged children. For children, having a parent in prison can affect their mental health, social behavior, and educational prospects (La Vigne, Davies, & Brazzell, 2008). The challenge for these children who lose contact with their mothers and who can also be separated from siblings and placed in unsatisfactory living circumstances, whether with...
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    New in the Library – Justice for Girls: Are We Making Progress?

    From the Boston College Law School, this faculty paper by Francine T. Sherman discusses the history of juvenile justice policy for girls and considers the impact on girls of current trends toward developmentally centered and data-driven juvenile justice. As Sherman states, "The majority of girls in the system are there for status and misdemeanor offenses and violations of probation. Both the behaviors that result in girls' arrests and the structural mechanisms that pull them into the justice...
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    In the News: Ireland’s Strategy for Women Offenders

    A recent article in the Village, an Irish publication, discusses the approach the Irish Prison Service is taking toward their increasing population of women offenders. Imprison fewer women   highlights limitations in both current facilities and incarceration alternatives for a largely non-violent female population. From the article: Between 2005 and 2010, there was a dramatic 87% increase in the number of women committed to prison in Ireland. On average, only about 3-4% of the total prison population...
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    Women in Prison: Comparing the U.S. and Britain

    Although the number of women in the prison systems are different, the issues surrounding incarcerated women in both the U.S. and Britain have many similarities. Highlighting those similarities are two reports: Ten Truths that Matter when Working with Justice Involved Women by the National Resource Center on Justice Involved Women and Women in prison: the cycle of violence by the British Open Democracy.  Several key points from the reports are outlined in the chart below.   United States...
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    Penal Reform International – Focused on Women in the Criminal Justice System

    Penal Reform International (PRI) is an independent non-governmental organization working to develop and promote “fair, effective and proportionate responses to criminal justice problems worldwide”.  A key priority for PRI is specifically related to women in the criminal justice system and the promotion of non-custodial alternatives for women, as well as incorporating gender-sensitive policies.  They address issues around domestic violence, sexual abuse, sex trafficking, children and parental...
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    In the News: Stop Putting Women in Jail

    A recent article published in The Washington Post discusses the movement in Britain to close women’s prisons and applies that rationale to women’s incarceration in the United States. We should stop putting women in jail. For anything highlights the current state of women’s incarceration and possible alternatives through community interventions. From the article: Women’s incarceration has risen by 646 percent in the past 30 years. The majority are nonviolent offenders with poor education, little employment...
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    In the News: Improvements at Tutwiler Prison for Women

    A recent article published in, an Alabama online news service, outlines how Alabama prison officials and a national consulting firm, the Moss Group, are making significant improvements at the Julia Tutwiler Prison for Women. 6 months into consultants' work at Tutwiler prison: What's finished? What else is planned? highlights accomplishments over the last six months at the prison and what is expected to occur over the next year. Example projects completed, in progress and upcoming:...
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    In the News: Washington State’s Gender Responsive Approach

    A recent article published in The Seattle Times outlines the steps Washington State has been taking to adapt to the needs of a larger women’s prison population.  Women behind bars: State takes a new approach highlights how the Washington State prison system has embraced a decade-long University of Cincinnati study into every aspect of female felons’ lives to create a “Gender Responsiveness Action Plan.” Under the Gender Responsiveness Action Plan: Female offenders can attend seminars focusing...
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    Problem Solving Clinic on the Women’s Risk Needs Assessment

    If you missed the live Webinar, you can still listen to the recorded version of “ Problem Solving Clinic on the Women's Risk Needs Assessment ”. This webinar was aired on August 20, 2014 and co-sponsored by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Assistance and the National Institute of Corrections . A select list of invitees participating in this webinar: Articulated the benefits and challenges of using the WRNA.  Learned about solutions to similar...
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