Understanding the Needs of Women in the Justice System

Kristi DiLallo  is a 2016-2017 Beyond the Bars Fellow, Center for Justice and Intern, Communications, Vera Institute of justice.

She writes: Last week, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced a new series of prison reform initiatives, including a push to expand resources for incarcerated women.

The DOJ’s new plans suggest a shift in public understanding about the needs of incarcerated women, emphasizing the importance of communication between women and their families, providing treatment for mental illness and drug abuse, and creating more women-specific reentry opportunities.

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