Correctional Ministries and
Chaplains Association


Implementing Gender-Responsive Treatment for Women in Prison: Client and Staff Perspectives (2010)

National Institute of Corrections
06/08/2012 05:38 PM EDT

A “women-focused treatment program implementing curricula based on relational theory to determine its relative effectiveness compared to a standard prison therapeutic community (TC) treatment program” is evaluated. Sections of this article include: materials and methods; implementation of the curriculum; participant and program staff characteristics; procedures; results according to treatment needs, treatment experience, materials, and barriers to implementation; and discussion. A curriculum based on relational theory works well with these women because not only do they need to address drug abuse but also relationship issues. Authored by Calhoun, Stacy; Messina, Nena; Cartier, Jerome; Torres, Stephanie.

National Girls Institute

National Institute of Corrections
04/18/2012 12:09 PM EDT

If you are looking for specific information about girls involved in the juvenile justice system, then this should be your first stop. The National Girls Institute (NGI) “is a research-based training and resource clearinghouse designed to advance understanding of girls’ issues and improve program and system responses to girls in the juvenile justice system”. Points of entry include: I work with girls; I’m a parent/caregiver; I’m a girl; and I want to know more. Resources are organized according the particular audience that the information will be most beneficial for.

Directory of Programs for Women with Criminal Justice Involvement:
National Institute of Corrections
This website is for looking up State provided programs for ex-incarcerated and incarcerated women. A good point of entry would be searching the state you are interested in.

California Coalition for Women Prisoners (CCWP):
08/16/2003 06:35 PM EDT
To learn more about criminal justice in California visit the California Coalition for Women Prisoners. CCWP says this about themselves on their website: "CCWP is a grassroots social justice organization, with members inside and outside prison, that challenges the institutional violence imposed on women, transgender people, and communities of color by the prison industrial complex (PIC). CCWP works in coalition with other groups to bring about fundamental changes in the prison industrial complex. CCWP wants the abolition of a prison system whose goals are punishment, control, profit and the warehousing of human beings, the majority of whom are people of color and poor."

Chicago Legal Advocacy for Incarcerated Mothers (CLAIM):
The Chicago Legal Advocacy for Incarcerated Mothers is an agency in Chicago that seeks to provide services for incarcerated mothers. They help answer questions about divorce, guardianship, short-term guardianship, discharge of guardianship, custody, and adoption.

CURE – Women Incarcerated:
"CURE - Women Incarcerated, was designed as a special issue chapter of CURE National in November of 2011. [They] provide a network of resources and support for women incarcerated, their families and loved ones. [CURE] understand women deal with many of the same issues men face, but also acknowledge the apparent differences as they are integrated into and transition through the criminal justice system. [They] are a voice advocating for the needs of women today and in the future. [They] are passionate about working with our local, state and federal authorities to ensure the correctional system is humane, just and restorative, promoting a rational approach to criminal justice issues. CURE clearly see[s] the need of prison reform, embracing alternatives to incarceration... [They] work hard to provide our members with the information and tools necessary to help them understand the criminal justice system and to advocate for changes."

Center for Girls and Young Women:
"The NCCD Center for Girls and Young Women is guided by the courageous life experiences of girls and young women in the juvenile justice and child welfare systems. The center provides a passionate, activist voice to ensure equitable, humane, and gender-appropriate responses to improve outcomes for girls and young women."

Women and Justice:
On the NCCD website it states, "People may come into contact with social service systems at many points in their lives—as children, as young people, as adults, and as seniors. NCCD conducts research and provides expertise in all of these areas, with the goal of making these systems more effective at helping those who engage with them. [They] also recognize that many people are involved with more than one of these systems; for example, children who become part of the child welfare system are more likely to 'cross over' to the juvenile justice system. Studying the relationships between these systems allows [them] to help prevent multi-system involvement and escalation within systems. Their work also aims at helping the agencies and organizations who administer and work with social systems use resources more effectively. Actuarial risk assessment, for example, helps agencies target limited resources to the clients who need them most. This targeting creates better outcomes for individuals, agencies, and communities."

National Girls Institute:
"The mission of the National Commission on Correctional Health Care is to improve the quality of health care in jails, prisons and juvenile confinement facilities. With support from the major national organizations representing the fields of health, law and corrections, NCCHC’s leadership in setting standards for health services is widely recognized. Building on that foundation, our not-for-profit organization offers a broad array of resources to help correctional health care systems provide efficient, high quality care."

National Network for Women in Prison:
"This site serves as a dedicated space for prisoners, those previously incarcerated, activists, students, academics, and everyone who strives for social justice. Through the use of this website, we hope to promote strategies and actions that challenge the system and the ways that it reproduces all forms of discrimination, violence, and social injustice in the treatment of women and their families."

Women Offenders Project Web Site:
National Institute of Corrections
"The National Institute of Corrections, in partnership with the Women's Prison Association, has developed The National Directory of Programs for Women with Criminal Justice Involvement. Learn more about the directory through the "More Information" sidebar in the left column of this [website's] page."

Women's Prison Association:
"WPA is a service and advocacy organization committed to helping women with criminal justice histories realize new possibilities for themselves and their families. [WPA's] program services make it possible for women to obtain work, housing, and health care; to rebuild their families; and to participate fully in civic life. Through the Institute on Women & Criminal Justice, WPA pursues a rigorous policy, advocacy, and research agenda to bring new perspectives to public debates on women and criminal justice."

Women Moving Forward Conference:
"The goal of this annual conference is to provide approximately 150 women who are within 6 to 9 months of release with resources and information necessary to support their successful return to the community. Resources include workshops on a variety of topics such as housing and home ownership, money and credit management, obtaining medical insurance, educational opportunities, family reunification, reentry mediation services, coping with trauma, substance abuse, and mental health concerns, yoga, meditation, and dealing with post-release legal issues, avoiding gangs, and tips on successfully navigating parole & probation requirements. Workshop topics also include skill building in parenting, anger management, positive thinking, and employment preparation including resume writing, job retention enhancement skills, and interviews with employers ready to hire upon the participant's release."