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WJI SPOTLIGHT

WJI's Work Revealing Challenges & Solutions to Higher Discipline Among Women vs Men in IL Prisons Spurs
15-State Investigation by the Chicago Reporter, NPR and the Medill School of Journalism​​

"Unequal Discipline":
Data Reveals A Troubling National Trend

OCTOBER 14 2018
"We determined that although female inmates are less likely than their male counterparts to act out violently in prison, they receive more disciplinary tickets for minor offenses — matters that are unlikely to compromise safety." The Chicago Reporter

THE CHICAGO REPORTER

NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO

October 14, 2018

October 14, 2018-October 17, 2018

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS
Unequal Discipline: Women in Prison Punished More Harshly Than Men Across the Country 

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​July 18 2018
WJI 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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CHICAGO TRIBUNE

NPR WEEKEND EDITION

July 18, 2018

July 21, 2018

CHICAGO, IL
'Prison is not where women need to be':
All-female task force wants to cut Illinois’ female prison population in half
INTERVIEW WITH ILLINOIS SUPREME COURT JUSTICE ANNE BURKE
Illinoisan Working to Reduce Number of Female Inmates
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THE PANTAGRAPH

THE SOUTHERN

July 18, 2018

July 22, 2018

BLOOMINGTON, IL
New Task Force Aims to Halve Female Prison Population
CARBONDALE, ILLINOIS
A new Illinois task force hopes to reduce women incarcerations by 50 percent in seven years
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CBS CHICAGO CHANNEL 2

WTTW CHICAGO TONITE

July 18, 2018

July 18, 2018

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS
Reforms Aim To Reduce State’s Female Prison Population
Task Force Aims to Reduce Number of Women in Illinois Prisons
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July 29, 2018
WJI SPOTLIGHT
WJI Co-Founders Appointed to Lead the
American Probation & Parole Association (APPA)
Women & Girls Committee

Host Special Session Featuring #cut50 Dignity Campaign Director Topeka Sam and The IF Project Co-Fo under Kim Bogucki at Philadelphia Institute
December 4, 2017
WJI SPOTLIGHT


​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Top Prison Officials & Formerly Incarcerated Women Join Forces to Launch Bi-Partisan 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"


DECEMBER 4, 2017

​WJI NEWS RELEASE

December 4, 2017

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS

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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January 16, 2018
WJI SPOTLIGHT


​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner Signs Bi-Partisan National Model Women’s Prison/Parole Reform Law​​

Authored by The Women's Justice Institute (WJI) the Law Mandates "Gender Responsive, Trauma-Informed & Family-Centered Systems"

JANUARY 16, 2018

SPRINGFIELD JOURNAL REGISTER

ILLINOIS PUBLIC RADIO

January 16, 2018

January 16, 2018

SPRINGFIELD, ILLINOIS
Rauner signs bill to focus on needs of female prison inmates
SPRINGFIELD, ILLINOIS
Rauner Signs Law To Help Women Behind Bars
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HERALD & REVIEW

THE PANTAGRAPH

January 16, 2018

January 16, 2018

DECATUR, ILLINOIS
Rauner signs law creating Corrections women's division

BLOOMINGTON, ILLINOIS
Rauner signs law creating IDOC women's division
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ILLINOIS CHANNEL

January 16, 2018

SPRINGFIELD, ILLINOIS
Governor Rauner signs HB-1479 creating the Women’s Division at the Logan Correctional Facility in Lincoln
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September 15, 2017
WJI SPOTLIGHT
Gender Inequality in the Prison System

“I proudly worked with WJI on this historic legislation to set standards ensuring women are never overlooked by our prison system again,” said HB3904 sponsor State Rep. Juliana Stratton. “By addressing their unique risks/needs, we will make prisons safer, while improving outcomes for women and their children.”

SEPTEMBER 15, 2017 

CHICAGO WOMAN MAGAZINE

September 15, 2017

​CHICAGO, ILLINOIS

Gender Inequality in the Prison System

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May 2, 2017
WJI SPOTLIGHT
Female Inmate Focus of House Reform Measure

"​The movement to improve conditions for the 2,500 women housed in Illinois' two female prisons is advancing with passage of a House bill that would create a women's services division in the Department of Corrections to oversee the unique needs of women, most of whom were abused before they arrived at the prison door."

MAY 2, 2017

THE PANTAGRAPH

May 2, 2017

BLOOMINGTON, ILLINOIS

Female Inmates Focus of House Reform Measure

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November 18, 2016
WJI SPOTLIGHT
Top IDOC Officials Stand with WJI, Formerly Incarcerated Women & Other National Experts Launch Historic Women's Prison & Parole Reform Strategy

Release Landmark Assessment Report of
IDOC's Larget  Women's Prison at National Forum

NOVEMBER 18, 2016

ASSOCIATED PRESS

CHICAGO TRIBUNE

November 18, 2018

November 27, 2016

SPRINGFIELD, ILLINOIS

Study: Illinois Women's Prison Treats Inmates Too Harshly
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS

Conditions at State's Sole Women's Prison "Untenable": Study
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FOX CHANNEL 32 CHICAGO

ASSOCIATED PRESS

November 18, 2018

November 18, 2016

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS

Study: Illinois Women's Prison Treats Inmates Too Harshly
SPRINGFIELD, ILLINOIS

Prison-Guards' Union Embraces More Logan Staffing, Training
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