Actions and Detail Panel
2017 Conference on Justice Involved Women and Girls
Mon, April 17, 2017, 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM CDT
What is the impact on children and families when mothers are incarcerated?
This conference aknowledges systemic pathways, honors lived experiences and creates grassroots approaches to tackle the issues.
We will harness our collective knoweldge and wisdom to create concrete strategies and build coalitions.
8:00am-8:30am: Breakfast (catered by The Wedge) and Registration
8:30-9:00: Opening Remarks and Introductions
9:00-9:30: Keynote Nekima Levy Pounds, "Children of Incarcerated Mothers and the Struggle for Stability"
9:45-11:15: Panel Presentation on Issues impacting Incarcerated Mothers and their Families
- Ebony Ruhland, Robina Institute "Children with Incarcerated Parents--Considering Outcomes in the Context of Complex Family Experiences"
- Julie Atella, Wilder Foundation "Strengthening Families Impacted by Incarceration"
- Dr. Rebecca Shlafer, University of Minnesota. Dr. Shlafer is the research director for the Minnesota Prison Doula Project. In her presentation, she will provide a brief overview of the project and summarize their research maternal and child health outcomes among pregnant incarcerated women.
- Liz Sawyer, Star Tribune "Shackles Off: How Care for MN 's Pregnant Inmates is Improving"
11:15- 12:00: Lunch (catered by The Wedge)
12:00-12:20: Conversation with Jolene Mason, Wilder Foundation; In 2014 Jolene unexpectedly became the sole caregiver of her 3 very young grandchildren due to the incarceration of their mother (her daughter). Jolene also uses her life and voice as a tool to bring about awareness, spark fruitful dialogue and community engagement and to provide the support necessary to strengthen families affected by incarceration.
12:20- 3:00: Addressing the Issues-- participant dialogue and action planning
3:00-3:15: Closing Activity