Center For Gender and Justice
The Center for Gender and Justice (CGJ) seeks to develop gender-responsive policies and practices for women and girls who are under criminal justice supervision. The Center is committed to research and to the implementation of policies and programs that will encourage positive outcomes for this underserved population.
Being gender-responsive means
creating an environment through site selection, staff selection, program development, content, and material that reflects an understanding of the realities of the lives of women and girls and that addresses and responds to their strengths and challenges.
Stephanie S. Covington, Ph.D., L.C.S.W.
Dr. Covington has over thirty years of experience in the design and implementation of treatment services for women and girls, and is recognized for her work in both the public and private sectors. For the past twenty years, Dr. Covington has worked to help institutions and programs in the criminal justice system develop gender-responsive and trauma-informed services. She has provided training, technical assistance, and consulting services to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, National Institute of Corrections, the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, Correctional Services of Canada, the Federal Bureau of Prisons, and many state and local jurisdictions.
Barbara E. Bloom, Ph.D., M.S.W.
A nationally recognized criminal justice consultant, scholar, and researcher with local, state, and national criminal justice agencies, Dr. Bloom specializes in the development and evaluation of programs serving justice-involved women and girls. She also works in the public policy arena and has served on various legislative commissions. She has directed varied research projects focused on gender-responsive services for women and girls in criminal justice settings.
Services to Criminal Justice Agencies
The Center for Gender and Justice assists local, state, and national criminal justice agencies by providing expertise, leadership, technical assitance, and services in the following areas:
- System analysis: analyzes system readiness for gender-responsive approaches
- Policy review and development: reviews existing policies with respect to women and girls and assists in developing gender-responsive policies
- Strategic planning: provides technical assistance to jurisdictions for short- and long-term planning of gender-responsive approaches to policy and programs
- Program development: helps to develop gender-responsive and culturally sensitive services and programs for women and girls
- Training: provides technical assistance and training to administrators and line staff who work with women and girls in criminal justice settings
- Assessment: assesses the environment and content of programs in institutional and community-based settings
- Evaluation: develops outcome measures, evaluation designs, and data-collection instruments
Dr. Covington and Dr. Bloom have worked with many community-based programs, jails, and prisons. The following jurisdictions and agencies are among their past or current clients.