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Women's Justice Initiative (WJI) 


Building Gender Responsive Justice Systems for Women & Girls

​​The WJI works to build public awareness regarding the unique pathways of women/girls to the justice system, and to devleop an understanding of how gender responsive systems can help build safe, healthy families and communities.  

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Gender Inequality in the Prison System
September 15, 2017
By: Becky Carroll

"As with most television shows, what we see on our screens is not real life. Orange Is The New Black is no exception. Women prisons are fraught with inequities and issues that are based on gender issues."


Read Chicago Woman Magazine Article HERE
Female Inmates Focus of House Prison Reform Measure
MAY 2, 2017
Edith Brady-Lunny

"This law will be a model. Illinois will be the first in the country to statutorily define gender responsive practices," said Benos, who coordinated the project with IDOC Women & Family Services Coordinator Margaret Burke.


Read Article HERE

MEDIA ADVISORY -- WJI National Forum (Nov 18 2016).pdf

Top IDOC Officials to Stand with WJI, National Experts & Formerly Incarcerated Women to Support Release of Report on Longstanding Challenges at State’s Largest Women’s Prison & to Announce Historic Reform Strategy

Report Outlines Critical Findings Linked to
2013 Conversion of Logan Correctional Center from
a Male to a Female Facility