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December 2014 - NIC News & Updates

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    New from BJS: Correctional Populations in the United States

    Recently released from the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the 2013 report on Correctional Populations in the United States “presents statistics on offenders supervised by adult correctional systems in the United States at yearend 2013, including offenders supervised in the community on probation or parole and those incarcerated in prison or local jail”. Highlights: An estimated 6,899,000 persons were under the supervision of adult correctional systems at yearend 2013, a decline of about...
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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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