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Saturday, March 20 • 10:00am - 11:00am
In Support of Women: Gender-Responsive Work with Female Defendants

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Nationwide, the rate of women’s incarceration has grown at twice the pace of men’s in the past few decades. Women are more likely to be incarcerated for drug and property crimes with less access to diversion programs and sentencing alternatives. Women are also disproportionately the primary caregivers for children and more frequently are victims of abuse and trauma. An additional concern for women’s incarceration is that women charged criminally are not assessed in a gender-responsive manner for needs or responsiveness to treatment. This presentation will provide an overview of the growing rates of female incarceration before focusing on how to perform a gender-responsive assessment for female defendants guiding opportunities for diversion, intervention, and treatment alternatives.

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Stephanne Cline Thornton

Criminal Justice Specialist, Public Defender Services (WV)
Stephanne Cline Thornton is the Criminal Justice Specialist for Public Defender Services’ Public Defender Corporation Resource Center, where she assists public defenders across the state with research and mitigation. Ms. Thornton also conducts mitigation trainings and writes grants... Read More →

Saturday March 20, 2021 10:00am - 11:00am EDT
Room 8