Women in Prison Conference 2019

Justice for Survivor-Defendants: Looking toward reforms

Saturday, November 16 - Sunday, November 17

Portland Art Museum, 1219 SW Park Ave., Portland, OR 97205.


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 people, state and local decision-makers, and community members.

Our focus this year is on justice for defendants who are survivors of domestic violence - what reforms will better recognize and more fully consider the effects of abuse and lead to fairer outcomes for survivor-defendants? How can the criminal system better respond to the needs of survivor-defendants, their families and the community?

Tickets for this event will go on sale in the fall. Sign up to our conference mailing list below to receive updates on the conference.

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

Thank you to our Sponsors

2018 Conference: Breaking the Silence: Women and Measure 11

The 2018 Women in Prison Conference took place on Saturday, October 13 and Sunday, October 14 in Portland at the University of Oregon White Stag Block. The conference focused on women defendants and Measure 11, Oregon’s mandatory minimum sentencing law for “person crimes.” The topic was chosen in recognition of the importance of including all women in prison in the conversation about reform, in contrast to the common tendency to focus on people who are sometimes referred to as “non-violent offenders.” If we don’t pay attention to the stories of women convicted of violent crimes, we are choosing to ignore grave injustices and denying the possibility of substantial and power-altering criminal justice reform.

Read the 2018 conference report.