Saturday, October 21 & Sunday, October 22, 2017
portland, oregon
White Stag Block Building, 70 NW Couch St.

Keynote Speaker: Vanessa Timmons, Executive Director, Oregon Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence

Each year, the Oregon Justice Resource Center coordinates the Women in Prison Conference. The conference presents issues of justice-involved women in Oregon, provides attendees with a deeper understanding of legal aspects of the criminal justice system, and enriches the collective knowledge base for future reforms for a more gender-responsive criminal justice system. This event has consistently sold out with social service providers, lawyers, formerly incarcerated individuals, state and local decisionmakers, and interested community members in attendance.

We know that a significant number of women in our prison, jails, and under supervision have been victims of domestic violence and that those experiences contributed to their criminal activity. This year, the Women in Prison Conference will focus on further exploring issues of women criminal defendants in this context. Some of the questions will discuss: What is domestic violence? How does domestic violence contribute to women victims becoming criminal defendants? How is domestic violence accounted for in a woman's criminal defense and in her sentence? What are ideas for reforms to create a more just system for victims of domestic violence who become justice-involved?

Check back soon for the conference schedule and registration information.

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