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.


2017 conference: Breaking the Silence: DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND JUSTICE-INVOLVED WOMEN

The 2017 Women in Prison Conference took place October 21 and 22 at the White Stag Block in downtown Portland courtesy of our hosts, the University of Oregon School of Law. Thank you to all those who attended and supported this event. Sign up below to receive information about the next conference in 2018.

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. At our 2017 conference, we focused on further exploring issues of women criminal defendants in this context. Some of the questions we discussed: 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 some ideas for reforms to create a more just system for victims of domestic violence who become justice-involved?