Sponsors: U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Assistance
The goal of the National Resource Center on Justice Involved Women is to support and enhance the capacities, strategies, and skills of state and local criminal justice agencies to manage women offenders in an evidence-based and gender-informed manner to reduce recidivism, and ultimately, to achieve more successful outcomes with women involved in the criminal justice system. The Resource Center will achieve this goal through the provision of targeted training and technical assistance to state and local criminal justice agencies; the production of curricula, policy briefs, and coaching packets to address gaps in knowledge and practice; and the establishment of an information center to enhance the knowledge base of practitioners and policymakers working with women in the criminal justice system. NRCJIW received supplemental funding in 2011 to allow the project to continue its work through March, 2015. The NRCJIW will continue the activities described above and will also undertake three new activities: provision of assistance for up to three pilot sites to develop gender responsive pretrial assessment tool(s) and a pretrial toolkit for broad dissemination; conduct of a national leadership symposium; and conduct of four Gender-Informed Practice Assessments (GIPAs). The Resource Center is managed by the Center and its collaborative partners – Orbis Partners, the University of Cincinnati, the Women’s Prison Association, CORE Associates, The Moss Group, and the Center for Trauma Informed Care.