January 31, 2019

A Rising Tide

Understanding Incarceration’s Multigenerational Impact on Women, Girls, and Communities
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April 4, 2019 - April 4, 2019
DoubleTree by Hilton, 237 S Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

The public face of over-incarceration is overwhelmingly male. However, between 1980 and 2016, the number of incarcerated women in the U.S. increased by more than 700 percent.

While research has revealed that the root causes and effects of incarceration are different for women and girls, our criminal and juvenile justice systems have largely remained gender non-responsive. As a result, too often our public health systems are left to deal with unaddressed issues of trauma, abuse, poor mental and physical health, substance abuse, and poverty. These challenges have multigenerational impacts, affecting not only women and girls who are incarcerated, but also their children, families, and communities.

Join Maternity Care Coalition and the Stoneleigh Foundation for A Rising Tide: Understanding Incarceration’s Multigenerational Impact on Women, Girls, and Communities. This day-long forum will bring together policymakers, system stakeholders, industry leaders, advocates, and community members to explore how incarceration affects women, girls, and parenting families and to identify solutions promoting their health and well-being.

Date: Thursday, April 4th 2019
Time: 8:00 am – 2:30 pm
Location: DoubleTree by Hilton
237 S. Broad St, 3rd Floor Conference Center, Philadelphia, PA
Cost: $35 Early bird registration through March 7


Plenary Session Descriptions

  • Opening Session: Criminalization of Gender & Gendered Prosecution and SentencingThis opening session will explore the roots and consequences of girls and women being disproportionately criminalized, the importance of gender-responsive programming, and how a new progressive approach to prosecution can help stem the rising tide of women and girls becoming justice-involved.
  • Closing Session: Intersectionality and the Justice System
    The criminal and juvenile justice systems are beginning to recognize how the interplay of race, gender, sexual orientation, and class influences how and when women and girls come into contact with those systems. This session will explore how these intersections impact key decision points in the justice system, including arrest, diversion, prosecution, intervention, and treatment.

Workshop Sessions

First Workshop Sessions:
  • Mothers Behind Bars: Pregnancy and Parenting While Incarcerated
    This session will examine the current policies, practices, and research about pregnancy and parenting in prison and the impact of parental incarceration on young people’s future wellness and justice-involvement.
  • Incarceration as a Public Health Crisis
    This session will explore policies and practices to increase the use of preventive primary care services to improve the overall health of women in the justice system.
Second Workshop Sessions: 
  • Serving Time on the Outside: Women, Girls and Reentry
    This session will examine the challenges that women and girls face when they reenter their communities after a period of incarceration and explore approaches to addressing their needs in a more holistic fashion.
  • Punitive Treatment of Pregnant Women Experiencing Substance Use Disorders
    This session will look at the history of criminalization of women with substance use disorders as well as new, evidence-supported approaches to address this problem, especially in the context of the opioid epidemic.
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For more information, please contact

  • Heather Robidoux
  • Maternity Care Coalition
  • 2000 Hamilton Street, Suite 205

About Maternity Care Coalition
Maternity Care Coalition works to improve the health and well-being of pregnant women and parenting families, and enhance school readiness for children 0-3. www.maternitycarecoalition.org


About The Stoneleigh Foundation
The Stoneleigh Foundation awards fellowships to exceptional researchers, policymakers, and practitioners who work within and alongside youth-serving systems to catalyze change. www.stoneleighfoundation.org