The 2020 Women Working in Corrections and Juvenile Justice (WWICJJ) national conference will be held in Georgia. More information will be provided regarding dates, speakers, registration and more!

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The 2018 WWICJJ national conference was held October 14-17, 2018, at the Hyatt Regency, 1209 L Street in Sacramento.

The conference was hosted by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation and the Correctional Peace Officers Foundation. CDCR operates the California prison and parole systems. Headquartered in Sacramento, it is the third largest law enforcement agency in the United States. The Correctional Peace Officers Foundation is a national non-profit charitable organization. Created in 1984, it supports the surviving families of correctional officers who lose their lives in pursuit of their chosen profession of protecting the public from those remanded to correctional custody and supervision in the nation’s prisons and jails.

“We are pleased to be part of this opportunity to invest in women who work in adult and juvenile corrections not only in the state of California, but at the national level as well,” CDCR Secretary Scott Kernan said. “Nearly all of what I first learned about this profession was from my mother Peggy Kernan, who worked in California corrections for 32 years. Women bring a unique dynamic to the job and I learned that very early in life,” Secretary Kernan added.

“The Correctional Peace Officers Foundations has participated in the Women Working in Corrections and Juvenile Justice national conferences for many years,” said Glenn Mueller, Chairman of the CPOF Board of Directors. “My correctional career has spanned more than 32 years and I’ve worked with many outstanding women not only here in California but nationally. I am personally looking forward to co-hosting this conference in Sacramento.”

The first WWICJJ national conference was held in 1985 and is held every even-numbered year in a different state. It has been held previously in Arkansas, Arizona, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Nebraska, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas. Each state has a theme and each conference features speakers, training and events. The theme of the 2018 WWICJJ conference is “Transcend.”

The WWICJJ 2018 national conference is open to all women who work in the corrections and juvenile justice profession in any discipline, including peace officers, health care providers, administrators and executives, and will feature workshops, training, exhibits and opportunities for networking.

The theme of the 2018 conference was “Transcend.” Workshops were held to address organizational transformation and how correctional and juvenile justice agencies are transcending traditional roles and evolving as society’s expectations change. Speakers will provide training to help women transcend gender-related occupational barriers and become effective leaders.

For more information on the 2018 conference, contact Terry Thornton at CDCR at (916) 445-4950, terry.thornton@cdcr.ca.gov, or Rachel Lee at CPOF at (916) 928-0061, rachel@cpof.org.


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