League of Women Voters of the Charlottesville Area

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LWV CVA Sunday Seminar April 18, 2 – 4 pm: “Women in Prison – A Problem NOT a Solution!”

Mar 29, 2021

A Panel Discussion with

National Perspective:   Aleks Kajstura, Legal Director, Prison Policy Initiative, and  Author of Women’s Mass Incarceration:  The Whole Pie

Virginia Perspective:  Claire Guthrie Gastanaga, Executive Director, ACLU of Virginia; Virginia response to Kajstura’s study:  Women in the Criminal Justice System

Local PerspectiveAreshini Pather, Deputy Commonwealth Attorney

Keeping women out of Virginia’s jails and prison should not be hard, all things considered. But all things are often neither considered nor supported. That’s one quixotic situation members of the LWV CVA Justice Reform Committee were challenged with as they planned the League’s April 18 Sunday Seminar.  In search of deeper understanding and momentum for systemic change, the seminar will draw together influential national, state and local justice advocates to underscore the reality of women caught up in the criminal justice system.

Aleks Kajstura’s research produced Women’s Mass Incarceration: The Whole Pie, a troubling study of 231,000 women and girls incarcerated in the US. In tandem, the Virginia ACLU led by Claire Guthrie Gastanaga launched Women in the Criminal Justice System focused on Virginia. In Charlottesville, Deputy Commonwealth Attorney Areshini Pather, formerly a public defender, knows firsthand the anguish sentencing brings down on women and their families.                                                                                                           

When 73% of women in conflict with the law are incarcerated for nonviolent offenses, why are they in jail instead of restorative community alternatives? What’s needed in the realm of law, community services, treatment, support and funding to keep at-risk women safely and restoratively in the community with their families. In Charlottesville there are services and alternatives to incarceration for women, but apparently not enough are readily available to engage all women at risk. In the surrounding counties which are members of the Charlottesville Area League, options appear fewer.

The ACLU report notes: The over-incarceration of women is a symptom of a complex network of social barriers, economic inequality, reproductive injustice, and racial and sexual discrimination deeply woven into our society.

The targeted focus on justice reform and groundbreaking action in the special legislative session in Richmond, invites communities to look more deeply at Virginia’s local justice systems with thoughts on reform. The panel for the Sunday Seminar will aim to do just that. Join us for this important discussion.

This is an online event:    To Join the Zoom Sunday Seminar on April 18, 2 – 4 pm 

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Calendar

LWV CVA Justice Reform Committee Mtg
Date/Time - Fri April 9, 11 am
Zoom meeting. For further information, contact Kit Murphy McNally, email: murphymcnally@gmail.com
LWV CVA Sunday Seminar: Women and Prison - A Problem NOT a Solution
Date/Time - Sun April 18, 2 - 4 pm
Zoom meeting. To register, click on our homepage blog on this event.
LWV CVA Natural Resources Committee- Comp Plan Book Club - Chapter 9
Date/Time - Mon April 19, 11 am
Zoom meeting. For further information, contact Muriel Grim, msgrim2012@gmail.com
LWV CVA International Relations/Federal Govt Mtg
Date/Time - Wed April 21, 10 am
Zoom meeting. For further information, contact Marge Cox, email: margevfcox@gmail.com
LWV CVA Board of Directors Mtg
Date/Time - Wed April 21, 3 - 5 pm
Zoom meeting. For further information, contact Pat Cochran, email: patcochranlwvcva@gmail.com
LWV CVA Natural Resources Committee Mtg
Date/Time - Tues, April 27 - 1 pm
Zoom meeting. For further information, contact Muriel Grim, msgrim2012@gmail.com
LWV CVA 2021 Annual Meeting
Date/Time - Sunday, May 2, 2 - 4 pm
Zoom meeting. For further information, contact Pat Cochran, email: patcochranlwvcva@gmail.com

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of the Charlottesville Area
Mailing Address:
PO Box 2786
Charlottesville, VA  22902
Email:  lwv@lwv-cva.org

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