In the Spotlight

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​WJI Launches Historic 100-Woman Task Force to Make IL the First State
to Cut the Women's Prison Population by 50% (or more)

Elevated by Leadership of Formerly Incarcerated Women, Members Seek to "Redefine the Narrative" Through Gender Responsive Interventions
July 18 2018


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NPR Weekend Edition Interview with
IL Supreme Court Justice Ann Burke
7/18 CHICAGO TRIBUNE FRONT PAGE NEWS COVERAGE
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THE SOUTHERN 
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WTTW CHICAGO TONITE
​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Top Prison Officials & Formerly Incarcerated Women Join Forces to Launch National Model Women’s Prison/Parole Reform Law

In Response to “Me Too” Movement, IDOC Unveils Unprecedented New Mission Statement  Calling for “Decriminalization of Survivorship"
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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."


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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.


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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