Statewide Summit on Women in Corrections: The Incarcerated Women’s Initiative, Then and Now

Issued: September 23, 2014

WHO: Co-sponsored by: Vermont Commission on Women, Vermonters for Criminal Justice Reform, Vermont Bar Association, Vermont Women’s Fund, Vermont Women’s Legislative Caucus, Vermont Law School (VLS) and VLS’s Black Law Students’ Association, Women’s Law Group, and National Lawyers’ Guild

WHAT:  This summit will re-examine the Incarcerated Women’s Initiative (IWI), developed in 2005 by the Vermont Agency of Human Services (AHS) to address the growing number of women in prison and minimize the impact on inmates’ children, families and communities.  Summit participants will discuss issues still facing women in corrections today, and propose new policy recommendations.  Experts in this field in Vermont will provide background and context for this discussion, including formerly incarcerated women.  Nationally known keynote speaker, American University’s Brenda Smith, will share her knowledge of successful programs from other states and countries, to broaden and enrich this discussion.  The Summit agenda is available here.

WHERE:   Chase Community Center, Vermont Law School

WHEN:   Tuesday, September 30th, 8:30 – 3:30


The Vermont Commission on Women (VCW) is a non-partisan state agency working to advance rights and opportunities for women and girls. Sixteen volunteer commissioners and representatives from organizations concerned with women’s issues guide the VCWs public education, coalition building, and advocacy efforts. VCW offers many services to the public, including a toll-free information and referral service at 800-881-1561 and many publications, including the handbook The Legal Rights of Women in Vermont.  For more information, please visit