Let’s Talk about Supervision of Justice Involved Women


Tuesday, August 20, 2019
3:45 PM - 5:15 PM
Session Type: Workshop

This session in a continued opportunity for participants to engage in a moderated discussion and Q & A about the challenges and opportunities in the community supervision of justice involved women. Much of the gender-informed work with women has focused on institutional populations and community supervision provides challenges not experienced in an incarcerated setting. Agencies across the country have adopted practices to enhance supervision practices with women including single-gender caseloads, use of validated risk and need assessment tools, adoption of a casework management system for women and programs focusing on parenting and family issues. However, rates of recidivism for women for technical violations are higher than with men. This roundtable is an opportunity to hear from practitioners on what seems to be working and where the challenges remain. Two deliverables will come from the roundtable; 1) Facilitators will create a record of the discussion and develop an FAQ document on community supervision of justice involved women and 2) the discussion will inform future work at NIC on supervision of justice involved women.


Maureen Buell
Correctional Program Specialist, National Institute of Corrections

Correctional Program Specialist with the National Institute of Corrections in Washington DC. She leads NIC’s Justice Involved Women’s initiative.

Katie Green
Correctional Program Specialist, National Institute of Corrections

Jennifer Lopez
Deputy Chief, Retired, Chester County Adult Probation and Parole

Francine Perretta
Executive Director, Association of Women Executives in Corrections

Francine Perretta is the current Executive Director of the association of Women Executives in Corrections (AWEC). She served as the Deputy Commissioner of the Westchester County Probation Department in White Plains, NY for five years. Prior to assuming that position in late 2010, she was the Director of Probation for St. Lawrence County Probation in Canton, NY for 23 years. Francine has been an active member of the American Probation and Parole Association (APPA), serving on the Board of Directors. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Probation Executives as Treasurer.