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.


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.”


We have a sliding scale for general admission tickets. You can choose how much you pay, either $45, $55, or $65.

Entry is free for formerly incarcerated people.

If you are an Oregon attorney, you can register to receive CLE credit for this event. 10.5 Access to Justice credits are pending. The CLE ticket price of $65 includes your credits and conference registration.

INTERESTED IN SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES? Please contact Amie Wexler at awexler@ojrc.info

TENTATIVE SCHEDULE (please continue to check our website for updates)

Saturday, October 13, 2018  

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

8:45-9:30 AM  Keynote speaker  

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

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

12:00-1:00 PM  Lunch  

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

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

4:00-5:30 PM  “Hidden” examples of women convicted of Measure 11: Aid & abet theory, conspiracy theory, and DV survivor-defendants   

5:30-5:40 PM  Closing remarks  

Sunday, October 14, 2018  

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

9:15-10:45 AM  Girls & Measure 11   

10:55-11:45 AM  Life in prison with Measure 11 convictions

11:50-12:20 PM  What will it take to repeal Measure 11? 

12:20-12:30 PM  Closing remarks