Unequal Justice: Women in the Criminal Justice System
Rebecca Thompson, LCSW
Women and men are not treated equally under the law or in the criminal justice system. In this presentation we will look at the impact of this discrimination and bias on women and their children. We will review the incarceration rate and disposition of females in the US. We will talk about gender specific and Youth specific programing addressing mental health issues. We will discuss what happens for families because they are also “doing time.” We will cover what has changed, what still needs to change and what we as social workers and a society can do to bring justice to the justice system.
About the Presenter
Rebecca Thompson, LCSW has worked within the Criminal Justice System for 25 years with youth, and adults, male/female. Much of the time within the walls of detention centers and prisons. During the 25 years changes have happened to increase the positive outcomes for youth and adults, however, as a culture who incarcerates at the highest rate in the world, there is much to be done. As a Clinical Social Worker Rebecca has navigated many ethical dilemmas. She has questioned her role working within the system and wondered if this is the best way to promote the betterment of the men, women and children that find themselves behind bars. But once you start with this population it is hard to leave. They are one of the most underserved people in the community, their needs are extremely high and often go unmet. Rebecca believes that by working within the system and trying to be part of the change from the inside is where her strength lies.
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