Resources on Justice Involved Women - Education & Employment
“The purpose of this bulletin is to explore the literature and summarize the empirical evidence related to the impact of employment on the criminal behavior of women” (p. 2). Sections comprising this publication are: female offender demographics; barriers to employment—overview, the role of the family and the community, time-management skills, and the role of agency; correctional education and vocational programs—education programs, vocational/technical programs, overall effectiveness of these programs, and outcomes for female offenders in educational and vocational programs; employment and crime—the role of employment and desistance from crime, employment outcomes and female offenders, and exploring gender differences in employment and crime; and conclusion.
“The Gender-Responsive Program Assessment tool is an instrument by which program administrators, program evaluators, agency monitors and staff can evaluate the gender responsiveness of programs for women and girls and obtain feedback that can be used to improve the quality of a program’s services” (p. 1). This tool allows one to evaluate these program elements: theoretical foundation and mission statement; site and facility; administration and staffing; program environment and culture; treatment planning; program development; and program assessment.
This training program presents strategies for making women offender workplace development programs more responsive to their clients. Topics include:
- Emerging evidence-based gender responsive practices
- Information strategies and case management models
- Career theories and assessment tools
- Collaborative relationships that support effective reentry
- How a history of criminal convictions impacts job search efforts
- Women Offender Case Management Model (WOCMM)
- Strengths and needs of female offenders
- Motivational interviewing & relational language
- Transitional and social learning theories
- What is in it for the system and staff
- Pains of imprisonment
- Assessment classification and gender responsive tools
- Examples of best practices
- And more.