On November 18, 2016, the Chicago-based Women’s Justice Initiative (WJI) hosted a forum to convene top IDOC Officials, national experts and local leaders with formerly incarcerated women and their families to support the release of a groundbreaking report revealing critical challenges at Logan Correctional Center, and to feature details of an unprecedented IDOC women’s corrections reform strategy.
The report was commissioned by the current IDOC administration, in partnership with the Women’s Justice Initiative (WJI) and its network of key stakeholders and national experts. It was developed in response to Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner’s criminal justice reform mandate and to address longstanding challenges at Logan.
A USDOJ National Institute of Corrections protocol, called the Gender Informed Practices Assessment (GIPA), served as the basis for the report. It provides corrections systems with a baseline to build gender responsive, evidence-based reforms for the treatment of women in prisons and on parole.
The forum focused on the critical findings and recommendations in the report and IDOC’s new reform strategies.