Sponsors: Michigan Department of Corrections
Through the Center’s National Resource Center on Justice Involved Women, staff are working with the Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC) to conduct a Gender Informed Practices Assessment (GIPA) at the Women’s Huron Valley Correctional Facility (WHV). The GIPA was developed by the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) and has been conducted in six other states. The GIPA will assist the MDOC in gaining a greater understanding of the facility’s strengths and challenges with respect to gender responsive and trauma informed practices across twelve domain areas. The findings resulting from the GIPA will be use to assist the MDOC to develop a strategic plan for the WHV. Throughout the GIPA process, Center staff and consultants will work MDOC to conduct the assessment, compile and summarize the findings, and facilitate the development of the strategic plan. The overall goals of this effort are to provide the MDOC with an increased level of knowledge of effective practices with justice-involved women and encourage enhanced critical thinking skills related to the implementation of policies and practices with this population.