The 2016 Women in Prison Conference took place October 15-16, 2016. Thank you to everyone who attended and to our speakers who helped make the conference a big success. Sign up below to be kept informed when information about this year's conference becomes available.

conference schedule

Saturday, October 15, 2016

8:00 - 8:30

8:30 - 8:45
Welcome and introduction

Bobbin Singh, Executive Director, Oregon Justice Resource Center

8:45 - 9:45
Women who are currently incarcerated at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility in Wilsonville, Ore., tell their stories.

By kind permission of the Oregon Department of Corrections.

10:00 - 11:00
An overview of women in Oregon's criminal justice system.

Michael Schmidt, Executive Director, Oregon Criminal Justice Commission

11:10 - 12:30
Measure 11

Kasia Rutledge, Metropolitan Public Defender Services
LaFreda Ceaser, Central City Concern

In 1994, Oregon voters agreed to set minimum sentences for certain crimes when they passed Ballot Measure 11. This presentation explains what Measure 11 is and explores its origins and impact. We also look at the particular ways it has affected women and how it may impact the charging practices of prosecutors. 

12:30 - 1:45
Networking lunch

1:45 - 2:45
Charging and plea negotiations

Sara Werboff, Office of Public Defense Services
Stacey Reding, Multnomah Defenders, Inc.

How prosecutors determine which crime(s) to charge someone with and how the crimes charged affect plea negotiations is generally little understood by those outside the criminal justice system. We explore how plea negotiations work in Oregon and the ways in which women's experience at this stage of their journey through the justice system may be different than men's.

3:00 - 3:45
How time is actually served

Dianne Erickson, ODOC Offender Information and Sentencing Computation

It may seem surprising, but a simple read of a sentencing judgment may not be enough for someone to understand how much time she will actually serve in prison and how that time will be served. This presentation lifts the lid on how the precise wording of judgments and details of how sentences are stacked can have a significant impact on the time someone ends up serving and the programs and opportunities available to her in prison.

4:00 - 5:00
Probation and post-prison supervision

Chris O'Connor, Metropolitan Public Defender Services
Ailene Farkac, MercyCorps NW Reentry Transition Center

The Oregon Board of Parole and Post-Prison Supervision and probation officers wield great power in determining the rules a formerly incarcerated person must follow after release and assessing whether they are compliant with their supervision. We investigate the challenges women face in maintaining compliance with their conditions of release.

Networking reception

Light hors d'oeuvres will be served.

sunday, october 16, 2016

9:00 - 10:15
Measure 57

Eric Deitrick, Multnomah Defenders, Inc.

Like Measure 11 above, Measure 57 was another move by Oregon voters to introduce mandatory minimum sentences for certain crimes. Measure 57 involves drug and property crimes, crimes of which women are particularly likely to be convicted. This presentation explains what Measure 57 is and looks at its origins and impact.

10:30 - 11:30
Update on the Family Sentencing Alternative Pilot Program

Sheila White-Clark, Supervisor, Washington County Community Corrections
Erin Gladstone, Family Sentencing Alternative Pilot PO, Washington County Community Corrections
Jeremiah Stromberg, Assistant Director, Community Corrections, Oregon Department of Corrections

Oregon is piloting a program in five counties to sentence eligible defendants who are parents to probation rather than prison. The goal is to improve outcomes for families and save money by cutting the costs associated with incarceration and placing children in foster care. We take a look at the impact the program is having and how its success will be measured.

11:45 - 12:30
Moving Forward

Julia Yoshimoto, Project Director and Attorney, Women in Prison Project, Oregon Justice Resource Center
Kate Gonsalves, Political Director, Oregon Justice Resource Center
Bobbin Singh, Executive Director, Oregon Justice Resource Center
Shannon Wight, Deputy Director, Partnership for Safety and Justice

12:30 - 1:30
Lunch featuring formerly incarcerated women sharing their stories in their own words.

Amy Abramson
Kira Mitchell
Ashley Wade
Lakisha Muhammad
Special thanks to Carol Imani for helping participants prepare for this event.