Gender & Justice Project on Female Offenders

2009 - 2012

Project Director: Erika Kates, Ph.D. Project Director

In 2009-2012, Erika Kates, Ph.D., Senior Research Scientist and Crystal An, M.A., Project Assistant, worked with a diverse group of policymakers, advocates and administrators on three action-oriented research projects. These projects were designed to draw attention to the special circumstances of women involved with criminal justice agencies, highlight women-centered resources, and suggest more cost-effective policies and practices1. The following Fact Sheets summarize this work2.

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 Overview of Key Concerns for Women Offenders and Projects, 2009-2012

 Massachusetts Women’s Justice Network Activities and Advisory Group Members, 2011-2012

Fact Sheet 1:
Women-Centered Training for Practitioners Working With Female Offenders
Fact Sheet 2:
Risk-Needs Assessments Appropriate for Women Offenders
Fact Sheet 3:
Review of Massachusetts Corrections Master Plan (CMP): Focus on Women
Fact Sheet 4:
Alternatives to Incarceration (ATI): Promising Practices for Women in Massachusetts
Fact Sheet 5:
A Strategic Plan for Alternatives to Incarceration for Women: Lessons from Abroad
Fact Sheet 6:
Promising Gender-Responsive, Community-Based Programs for Women Offenders in MA 


Moving Beyond Incarceration for Women in Massachusetts: The Necessity of Bail/Pretrial Reform

Pretrial Reform: The Potential Role of the Office of Community Corrections (OCC) for Justice-involved Women in Massachusetts

References have been kept to minimum for the sake of brevity; and bibliographies can be obtained for each Fact Sheet. For more information, please contact Erika Kates at 781-283-2509 or


1 Funded by the Gardiner Howland Shaw Foundation.
2 Special thanks to members of the MWJN who read earlier drafts and provided comments, particularly Brad Dye the Staff Director for Rep. Ellen Story