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Collaborations Between Community Corrections and Community Organizations: Understanding their Potential for System-Involved Women and Gender Responsive Programming

NCJ Number
Feminist Criminology Volume: Online Dated: APR 2024
Date Published
April 2024
27 pages

This paper discusses the potential for collaboration between community corrections agencies and community-based organizations in order to meet the unique needs of women in gender-responsive programming, and how correctional organization priorities can improve the development of those collaborations.


Central to gender responsive programming is providing holistic resources to women. Here, the authors examine the possibilities of using collaborations between community corrections agencies and community-based organizations to meet the unique needs of women. They draw on fieldwork at a community corrections agency for women alongside interviews with them, staff, and community organizations. In doing so, the authors illustrate how different stakeholders viewed the unique benefits of these collaborations in terms of their ability to advance gender responsive principles. Simultaneously, they illuminate how correctional organizational priorities—including those designed to advance gender responsive principles—can stymie the development of these collaborations. (Published Abstract Provided)

Date Published: April 1, 2024