Although men still outnumber women behind bars, the rate of female imprisonment has outpaced that of men by more than 50 percent over the last three decades.
Hosted by the Justice Action Network and the Brennan Center for Justice, the Women Unshackled conference on Tuesday aims to address the problems facing the hundreds of thousands of women in U.S. jails and prisons.
Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle — including Democratic Sens. Kamala Harris and Cory Booker and Republican Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin – will be taking part in the day of discussions, which event organizers say will address “the unique challenges women face in the [criminal justice] system and the policy solutions to improve outcomes.”
You can see a schedule for the day’s events, and watch the stream below.
9:30 a.m – 9:45 a.m.: Welcome remarks from Holly Harris, Executive Director, Justice Action Network, and Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA)
9:45 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.: U.S. Sen. Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) and Susan Molinari, Vice President, Public Policy & Government Relations, Americas, Google
10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.: Breakout Session One: How Arrest and Jail Policies Impact Women and Families
Breakout Session Two: Rehabilitation and Treatment Strategies for Women Behind Bars (watch on Broadly)
12:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.: Lunch session featuring Sen. Booker, a Democrat from New Jersey, and a keynote by Republican Mary Fallin, Oklahoma’s first female governor
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.: Breakout Session Three: What Happens to Children When Moms Go to Prison?
Breakout Session Four: The Need for Female-Focused Reentry Programs (watch on Broadly)
2:30 p.m.-3:45 p.m.: Afternoon remarks from U.S. Rep. Mia Love and Malika Saada Saar, Google’s Senior Counsel on Civil and Human Rights; closing remarks from Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee and Holly Harris, executive director of Justice Action Network