National Resource Center on Justice Involved Women Newsletter
The NRCJIW provides guidance and support to justice professionals – and promotes evidence-based, gender-responsive policies and practices – to reduce the number and improve the outcomes of women involved in the criminal justice system.
NRCJIW Year-End Review
The NRCJIW remained very active during 2013. The project continued to provide training and technical assistance to – and learn from – a number of criminal justice agencies and community-based organizations who are striving to enhance their work with justice involved women. This end-of-year edition of our newsletter takes a look back at our efforts during 2013 and provides a preview of exciting initiatives that are planned for 2014.
During 2013, the NRCJIW delivered presentations and workshops at several national conferences, conducted national webinars on critical topics and delivered training in order to promote evidence-based, gender responsive practices. These efforts included:
Working with and learning from practitioners in the field is critical to our operations – our ability to continue to provide relevant, informed assistance to jurisdictions across the country depends on it. To this end, in 2013 we conducted technical assistance events for organizations and agencies in four states to promote the implementation of gender informed policy and management practices.
In partnership with National Institute of Corrections (NIC), two correctional agencies – the New York Department of Corrections and Kansas Department of Corrections – were referred to receive technical assistance.
- NRCJIW provided technical assistance to New York City's College and Community Fellowship, Providence House (NY), Ramsey County (MN) Community Corrections, and Madison County Community Corrections (TN) to enhance evidence-based, gender-informed approaches to their work.
- In partnership with NIC, the project supported the attendance of four service providers from two separate Ohio-based non-profit service agencies to attend Women's Risk Need Assessment (WRNA) training at the University of Cincinnati.
In order to synthesize and disseminate evidence-based and gender responsive research and knowledge, the NRCJIW developed written documents and tools and maintained its website.� The project also:
- Provided recommendations to and received agreement from the Bureau of Justice Statistics staff for updating and revising its 1999 special issue focused on women offenders.
- Developed a toolkit on gender-informed discipline and sanctions policies unveiled at the Adult & Juvenile Female Offenders conference, which can be accessed here.
- Produced a brief on Responding to the Needs of Women Veterans Involved in the Criminal Justice System.
- Conducted a webinar on the topic of the Use of Restraints with Pregnant Women Under Correctional Custody.
- Disseminated a survey in, cooperation with the American Jail Association, to gauge the knowledge of jail staff regarding gender-responsive methods for managing and working with women in jail settings.
- Developed a timeline that chronicles the evolution of gender-responsive practices with justice-involved women and girls
- Highlighted in our Innovator Profiles five individuals, agencies, and organizations that are doing groundbreaking work in the field of gender-informed criminal justice.
- Added additional research and articles to the Resources Section of our website. �
- Continued to respond to requests from the field via Ask NRCJIW, a feature of the NRCJIW website that allows users to pose questions and receive a written response on any topic related to justice-involved women.
- Maintained and updated the project website – we are pleased to announce that the number of visitors and hits to our site more than doubled in 2013.
NRCJIW Project Director Recognized with Power of One Award
We are also pleased to announce that the NRCJIW Project Director, Becki Ney, was recognized with a Power of One award at the 15th Bi-annual Adult and Juvenile Female Offenders (AJFO) 2013 Conference.
What's Ahead for the NRCJIW in 2014?
The NRCJIW looks forward to providing additional opportunities for collaboration, partnership, and information sharing in 2014.� In particular, the project will be:
- Conducting a "Women in Jails" Summit, in cooperation with the American Jail Association (AJA), to explore critical issues facing jail administrators in regards to women inmates.
- Anticipating the January/February release of an entire issue of the AJA Magazine devoted to justice-involved women.
- Working with criminal justice practitioners to implement gender-informed practices at the pretrial stage. �The experiences of the featured sites will result in a "pretrial tool kit" for other entities interested in implementing gender-responsive approaches in working with justice-involved women offenders.
- Presenting webinars on the practical interventions for professionals managing women who perpetrate violence, applying trauma-informed practices in criminal justice settings, introducing evidence-based and gender-informed approaches, and hosting a problem solving clinic on the Women's Risk and Needs Assessment.
To Take Advantage of the Resources Offered by NRCJIW
Our best for a happy and healthy New Year! We look forward to working with you in 2014.