Gender Responsive Discipline and Sanctions: Planning for Policy Improvement
Jul. 11, 2017 - Jul. 14, 2017--This curriculum is based on content from the Gender Responsive Discipline and Sanctions Policy Guide for Women’s Facilities and will walk participants through a process for developing an implementation plan to make changes in discipline policies and practices. Immediate outcomes from participating in this workshop are anticipated to include the development of discipline policies and practices that better respond to the specific needs of women in state and local correctional facilities. Longer term outcomes may include: reduced inmate violations, positive changes in inmate behavior, safer and more productive correctional environments for staff and inmates, increased stability and successful reintegration of women from prison to the community.
In partnership with the National Institute of Corrections, the National Resource Center on Justice Involved Women (NRCJIW) has developed the Gender Responsive Discipline and Sanctions Policy Guide for Women’s Facilities (http://cjinvolvedwomen.org/gender-responsive-discipline-and-sanctions-policy-guide-for-womens-facilities-2/) to assist corrections professionals in assessing practices and creating gender responsive and trauma informed approaches to discipline and sanctions in women’s facilities. While there has been much work nationally to improve services and programs for women, there is a significant need to turn our attention to the discipline practices and overall culture in women’s facilities. Most facility approaches to discipline are not gender responsive, lack attention to trauma which can undermine safety and security, and negatively impact women and staff. Discipline policies that were designed primarily for male populations may limit staff’s capacity to respond to misconduct by women in a meaningful way, while affecting women’s ability to participate in programming, receive visits from family and children, heal and recover from past trauma, or receive a positive parole review.
The NIC and the NRCJIW are co-sponsoring the conduct of a workshop, Gender Responsive Discipline and Sanctions: Planning for Policy Improvement for teams from state corrections agencies and large jails interested in analyzing and making changes to their current discipline and sanctions policies and practices for women.
Through delivery of this 3.5 day workshop, participating teams will learn about the research and best practice that supports a gender responsive approach in the area of discipline and sanctions, discuss how current ACA Standards can be adapted to meet the needs of women and women’s facilities, and review a process and approach for making changes and improvements to current discipline and sanctions for incarcerated women. A significant segment of the workshop will be spent facilitating teams as they analyze their current policies and practices and develop a detailed plan for revising discipline and sanctions policies and practices within their agency to better meet the needs of women.
The primary audience for this training is women’s state and local correctional facility leadership and executive level or central office managers from state corrections agencies and large jails. An agency may apply to send a team of up to five individuals. Team members may include a warden, superintendent and management staff from a woman’s facility, individuals in charge of discipline within the facility or agency, agency research staff, women’s services director or comparable position, and other individuals from the central office of the state corrections agency.
This program does not have a video.