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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    February 23, 2004
    Contact: Kris Montgomery, Women's Resource Center, (707) 664-2845

 

Gendered Justice Panel Discusses Women Prisoners on March 4

Experts on the lives of incarcerated women will speak at "Gendered Justice: A Forum on Women Prisoners" at 7 p.m., Thursday, March 4, at Sonoma State University's Cooperage. The panel will discuss topics such as battered women prisoners, healthcare, the impact of incarceration on mothers and their children, and re-entry issues (housing, employment and reunification). Admission is free.

The event is sponsored by the Women's Resource Center, School of Social Sciences, Department of Criminal Justice Administration, Department of Women and Gender Studies Department, Project Censored, The North Bay Progressive, and the InterCultural Center.

The Gendered Justice panel will include:

Barbara Bloom, recent recipient of the National Award for Research in Gendered Justice, and an Associate Professor in Criminal Justice Administration at SSU. Her groundbreaking research interests include women and girls under criminal justice supervision and gender-responsive policy and programs. She has published several national and statewide studies, including "Why Punish the Children? A Reappraisal of the Children of Incarcerated Mothers in America (with David Steinhart);" and "Gendered Justice: Addressing Female Offenders; and Gender-Responsive Strategies: Research, Practice and Guiding Principles of Women Offenders (with Barbara Owen and Stephanie Covington)."

Gloria Killian, who after serving 16 years of a 32 years-to-life sentence, was released from prison in 2002 after the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals determined that her conviction was based solely on perjured testimony and overturned her conviction. Killian is the Executive Director of the Action Committee for Women in Prison, which advocates for humane treatment of incarcerated women, works to ensure that they have assistance in prison and on release, and strives for the release of all women who do not pose a threat to society. Killian was instrumental in the founding of the USC Law Project at the California Institution for Women. She also works with the Free Battered Women Project, which addresses the needs of incarcerated survivors of domestic violence.

Cynthia Chandler and Cassandra Shaylor work for Justice Now, which asserts that prisons and policing are not making communities safe, but that "the current system damages the people it imprisons and the communities most affected by the loss of its members." They promote alternatives to policing and prisons.

Ida McCray, Executive Director of Families With A Future, was incarcerated for air piracy for 20 years. In 1997, she founded Families With A Future, the first Northern California's organization to help children of incarcerated parents see their children. She also works for the San Francisco Sheriff's Department.

For more information, call the Sonoma State University Women's Resource Center at (707) 664-2845.

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