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Women in prisons

Critical Issues Impacting Women in the Justice System: A Literature Review

The authors review the literature relevant to the study of violence and safety in women’s prison.

Enhancing Care for Childbearing Women and their Babies in Prison

This report explains how mothers and their babies can benefit from being held in a prison-based Mother and Baby Unit (MBU).

Training Curriculum on Women and Imprisonment, Version 1.0

This training curriculum assists legislators, policymakers, and corrections professionals address the gender-specific needs of women prisoners.

Washington Corrections Center for Women TEDx Talks

TEDx videos were recorded at the Washington Corrections Center for Women (WCCW) "Does Gender Matter" event on March 14, 2015.

Through Their Eyes: How Prisoners Make Sense of Their Incarceration

This framework looks at how the lived experience of punishment differs from the punishment conceived by lawmaker.

Female Realignment Report: An Examination of Female Offenders Released from State Prison in the First Year of Public Safety Realignment

California’s Public Safety Realignment Act of 2011 transferred jurisdiction and funding for managing lower-level criminal offenders from the State to the counties.

Commentary: Abandoned: Abolishing Female Prisons to Prevent Sexual Abuse and Herald an End to Incarceration

This article argues that the abolition of female prisons is one way to address the suffering of one group of prisoners and that the abolition of female prisons could eventually end the confinement of all prisoners.

Gendered Violence and Safety: A Contextual Approach to Improving Security in Women's Facilities

In response to the Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003 (PREA), this project investigated the context of gendered violence and safety in women’s correctional facilities.

Gender-Responsive Strategies: Research, Practice, and Guiding Principles for Women Offenders

Guidance is offered for those individuals seeking to more effectively respond to the behavior and circumstances of the female offender.

Mentoring Women in Reentry

This Practice Brief focuses on the benefits of establishing healthy social and civic connections through mentoring of criminal justice-involved women.


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