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2010 Conference Report: Women in the Criminal Justice System

The ACJRD 13th Annual Conference Report: Women in the Criminal Justice System was launched by the Hon. Mrs Justice Catherine McGuinness on February 16th 2011. A copy of this speech can be found here: C. McGuinness - Report Launch Speech

The Hon. Mrs Justice Catherine McGuinness noted that women in the criminal justice system is an area of research and policy formation which doesn't receive a great deal of attention in Ireland. She paid tribute to the release of this timely report and drew attention to the fact that that the number of women offenders is comparatively small in the overall context of criminal offending and that the vast majority of the offences are minor.

We would like to extend our gratitude to the Hon. Mrs Justice Catherine McGuinness for launching our Conference Report and for the Opening Address she presented to commence the Conference itself.

We would once again like to give special thanks to the excellent Plenary Speakers and Workshop Coordinators whose valuable insight and knowledge helped to make our 13th Annual Conference a success.

A copy of the conference report can be found here:

Women in the Criminal Justice System (2010)

The report includes the following plenary papers:

Leadership in the Criminal Justice System, A Practitioner’s Perspective
Presenter: Chief Inspector Kathleen O’Toole - Garda Síochána Inspectorate

Keywords: Crime; Criminal Justice; Leadership; Law enforcement; Garda History.

The Promise and Challenges of Some Recent Developments Regarding Women Offenders and Community Provision in England and Wales
Presenter:  Prof. Loraine Gelsthorpe - Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge

Keywords: Women Offenders; England and Wales; Community options; Women support; Women prisoners.

Working Together Against Domestic and Sexual Violence
Presenter: Eimear Fisher - Executive Director of Cosc

Keywords: Domestic Violence; Sexual Violence; Strategy; Gender; Violence

Older Women in Prison: Issues and Challenges
Presenter: Dr Azrini Wahidin - Reader in Criminology & Criminal Justice, Queen's University Belfast

Keywords: Ageing women; Older prisoners; Prison; Criminal Justice; Imprisonment.

The report includes the following workshop summaries:

Media Profiling of Women in the Criminal Justice System: North and South
Co-ordinators: Faith Gordon, PhD student, Queen's University Belfast and Lynsey Black,
DIT Postgraduate MA Criminology

Prostitution in Ireland - A Changed Reality
Co-ordinators: Sarah Benson, CEO, Ruhama and Hilkka Becker, Senior Solicitor, Immigrant
Council of Ireland

Gender & Policing
Co-ordinator: Mary O´Rawe, Senior Lecturer, University of Ulster

Community Based Interventions for Women Offenders in Northern Ireland
Co-ordinator: Jean O’ Neill, Manager, INSPIRE Women’s Project

Women as Victims of Intimate Partner Homicide - Links with Domestic Violence
Co-ordinators: Kate Mulkerrins, Head of Prosecution Policy Unit, Office of the DPP and
Margaret Martin, Director, Women’s Aid

Mental Health Issues for Women in the CJS - Legal and Welfare Perspectives
Co-ordinators: Janice Kelly, Senior Probation Officer, Dochas Centre, Maria Mulpeter,
Probation Officer, Dochas Centre and Aine Hynes, Chairperson, Irish Mental Health
Lawyers Association

Education for Young Women in Detention
Co-ordinator: Anne O´Sullivan, Principal, Oberstown Education Centre

Experience of Prison for Women and Homelessness
Co-ordinators: Dr. Paula Mayock and Sarah Sheridan, Trinity College Dublin, and Dr.
Christina Quinlan, Dublin City University