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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

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

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

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

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
Queens University Belfast & Lynsey Black,
DIT Postgraduate MA Criminology
Chair: Jane Farrell
Rapporteur: Louise Brangan

Prostitution in Ireland - A Changed Reality
Co-ordinators: Sarah Benson, CEO, Ruhama
& Hilkka Becker, Senior Solicitor, Immigrant
Council of Ireland
Chair: Norah Gibbons
Rapporteur: Jane McGowan

Gender & Policing
Co-ordinator: Mary O´Rawe, Senior
Lecturer, University of Ulster
Chair: Eugene Corcoran
Rapporteur: Ciara Hanley

Community Based Interventions for Women
Offenders in Northern Ireland.
Co-ordinator: Jean O’ Neill, Manager,
INSPIRE Women’s Project
Chair: Kieran O’ Dwyer
Rapporteur: Rachel O’ Neill

Women as Victims of Intimate Partner Homicidelinks with Domestic Violence
Co-ordinators: Kate Mulkerrins, Head of
Prosecution Policy Unit, Office of the DPP &
Margaret Martin, Director, Women’s Aid
Chair: Ian O´Donnell
Rapporteur: Ciara Hanley

Mental Health Issues for Women in the CJS -
Legal and Welfare Perspectives

Co-ordinators: Janice Kelly, Senior Probation
Office, Dochas Centre, Maria Mulpeter,
Probation Officer, Dochas Centre & Aine
Hynes, Chairperson, Irish Mental Health
Lawyers Association
Chair: Finbarr O´Leary
Rapporteur: Jane McGowan

Education for Young Women in Detention
Co-ordinator: Anne O´Sullivan, Principal,
Oberstown Education Centre
Chair: John Brosnan
Rapporteur: Louise Brangan

Experience of Prison for Women and Homelessness
Co-ordinators: Dr. Paula Mayock and Sarah
Sheridan, Trinity College Dublin & Dr.
Christina Quinlan, Dublin City University
Chair: Gerry McNally
Rapporteur: Rachel O’ Neill