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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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    Plan to Attend: Women Offenders Event at ACA

    Attending ACA in February? Join the Association of Programs for Female Offenders (APFO) to learn about their upcoming conference and women offenders at the ACA Winter Conference in Long Beach, California. Who is invited? Everyone who works with women offenders and wants to learn about the 2015 Adult and Juvenile Female Offender (AJFO) Conference in Connecticut or would like to learn more about effective interventions with women offenders. Date/Time: Monday February 9th 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm Location...
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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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    Apply Now: Women's Addiction Services Leadership Institute

    The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is looking for candidates for the fourth national Women’s Addiction Services Leadership Institute (WASLI) . The 2015 WASLI is focused on emerging leaders in women's behavioral health (treatment and prevention). It offers the resources, tools, and inspiration needed by tomorrow's leaders as they continue to grow and develop quality services for women across the United States. The 2015 WASLI associates will be selected through...
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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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    Upcoming Webinar - Justice-Involved Women: Understanding Trauma and Violence

    This free webinar,  Justice-Involved Women: Understanding Trauma and Violence , is hosted by the National Clearinghouse for the Defense of Battered Women and will focus on women who have experienced or perpetrated interpersonal and domestic violence. The webinar will also introduce a new evidence-based curriculum, Beyond Violence, which is designed for women who are in the criminal justice system with histories of aggression and/or violence. Presenter: Stephanie Covington, PhD, LCSW, Center...
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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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    New in the Library: Concept of Trauma and Guidance for a Trauma-Informed Approach

    Published by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, SAMHSA’s Concept of Trauma and Guidance for a Trauma-Informed Approach , describes the “concept of trauma and offers a framework for how an organization, system, or service sector can become trauma-informed.” Highlighted from the paper: Individuals with experiences of trauma are found in multiple service sectors, not just in behavioral health. Studies of people in the juvenile and criminal justice system reveal high rates...
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