Women in Prison Conference

Our Women in Prison Conference takes place each year in Portland. It 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 over the years. Our attendees are social service providers, lawyers, formerly incarcerated individuals, state and local decision-makers, and community members.

Read the 2018 conference report.



We look forward to seeing everyone at the conference. Thank you for your support!

If you were unable to register for the conference stay tuned for our post-conference report.

2018 conference
Breaking the Silence: WOMEN AND MEASURE 11
portland, Oregon


The 2018 Women in Prison Conference will take place on Saturday, October 13 and Sunday, October 14 in Portland at the University of Oregon White Stag Block, 70 NW Couch Street. This year our conference will focus on women defendants and Measure 11, Oregon’s mandatory minimum sentencing laws for “person crimes.”

Taking care of yourself. We're mindful that the issues raised by this conference can be challenging to engage with. Whether you're family member of incarcerated individual, formerly incarcerated, or simply sensitive to the topics we discuss, we encourage you to review this useful handout from the Center for Trauma Support Services and Partnership for Safety and Justice that has ideas about how to feel calmer and more grounded in the moment.

Parking and transportation information. See details below.

Saturday, October 13, 2018  

8:00-8:30 AM   Check-in and breakfast (provided)

8:30-8:45 AM   Welcome & opening remarks  

8:45-9:30 AM   Keynote: The Honorable Darleen Ortega, Oregon Court of Appeals Keynote

9:40-10:50 AM   Update on statistics of women in CCCF & What is Measure 11?  Presentation

  • Mike Schmidt, Executive Director, Oregon Criminal Justice Commission

11:00-12:00 PM   Women currently incarcerated at CCCF (Special thanks to ODOC and CCCF)

12:00-1:00 PM   Lunch  (provided)

1:00-2:15 PM   Representing defendants charged with Measure 11 crimes & plea negotiations  

  • Isis Harris, IBEW Inside Wireman Apprentice, formerly incarcerated

  • Kasia Rutledge, criminal defense attorney

2:25-3:40 PM   Perspectives from the bench

  • The Hon. Cheryl Albrecht, Multnomah County Circuit Court

  • The Hon. Amy Holmes Hehn, Lead Juvenile Judge, Multnomah County Circuit Court

  • The Hon. Darleen Ortega, Oregon Court of Appeals

4:00-5:30 PM   “Hidden” examples of women convicted of Measure 11: Accomplice liability, DV survivor-defendants  

  • Eric Deitrick, Deputy General Counsel, Office of Public Defense Services

  • Ashley Wade, cosmetologist, formerly incarcerated

  • Julia Yoshimoto, Project Director, OJRC's Women's Justice Project

5:30-5:40 PM   Closing remarks  


Sunday, October 14, 2018  

8:30-9:00 AM   Check-in and breakfast (provided)

9:00-9:15 AM   Welcome & opening remarks  

9:15-10:45 AM   Girls & Measure 11   

  • Stephanie Engelsman, public defender, Metropolitan Public Defender Services Inc

  • Dr. Alisha Moreland-Capuia, M.D., Executive Director, OHSU's Avel Gordly Center for Healing

  • Mike Riggan, Superintendent, OYA Oak Creek Youth Correctional Facility/Young Women's Transition Program

10:55-11:55 AM   Life in prison with Measure 11 convictions

  • Rev. Dr. Emily Brault, Chaplain, Coffee Creek Correctional Facility

  • Trish Jordan, Executive Director, Red Lodge Transition Services

  • Sammantha Saucedo, Optical Program Coordinator, formerly incarcerated

12:00 - 12:30 PM   What will it take to repeal Measure 11? 

  • david rogers, Executive Director, ACLU-Oregon

  • Bobbin Singh, Executive Director, Oregon Justice Resource Center

12:30-12:40 PM   Closing remarks    

Parking and transportation

  • By MAX light rail, take the Blue or Red line and exit at the Skidmore Fountain stop or the Old Town/Chinatown stop. 

  • By BUS, closest lines are 12, 16, 19, or 20.  For more detailed route information, go to www.trimet.org.

  • By CAR, there is a SmartPark garage on the corner of Davis Street and NW Naito Parkway.  Parking in the SmartPark is available at $5/day on the weekends. There are also several other public lots in the surrounding blocks. Street parking is available at $2/hour.  Street parkers must feed the meter every 2 hours. 

Interested in sponsorship opportunities? Please contact Amie Wexler at awexler@ojrc.info 


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