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Recently Released - Gender Responsive Discipline and Sanctions Policy Guide for Women’s Facilities
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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 law relevant to discipline and sanctions policies and practices for women.”

The guide is divided into six sections:

  1. Overview:  Provides a rationale for revising discipline and sanctions in women's facilities, including the benefits and challenges of engaging in this work.
  2. Process:  Describes a step-by-step process for reviewing and revising discipline and sanctions policies and practices.  Includes ten components to consider when revising policies.
  3. Research Implications:  Provides implications for revising discipline and sanctions policies and practices based on research from multiple disciplines.
  4. Integrating Research & Practice with ACA Standards:  Reviews seven ACA standards regarding "Rules and Discipline" and how they can be adapted to meet the needs of women inmates and women's facilities.  Each standard includes a set of self-assessment questions.
  5. Legal Issues:  Provides an overview of relevant case law pertaining to discipline and sanctions in women's correctional facilities.
  6. Research Findings:  Provides a discussion of the foundational research that forms the basis for the concepts and recommendations discussed throughout the guide.

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This announcement is available at NIC's Gender-Responsive News for Women and Girls.  Feel free to forward to friends and colleagues.  Subscribe to the newsletter at

For additional resources on Justice-Involved Women go to NIC’s Women Offenders.

Posted Tue, Jan 27 2015 7:34 AM by Susan Powell


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