Robina Institute of Criminal Law and Criminal Justice

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Robina In Conversation Series

Women in Prison in Minnesota: Voices of Hope from Within Prison Walls

1:30pm to 5:00pm Mississippi Room, Coffman Memorial Union

Thank you to all who were able to join us in-person and online for our latest Robina In Conversation"Women in Prison in Minnesota: Voices of Hope from Within Prison Walls," on Friday, June 9, 2017.


Event Re-Cap

At this In Conversation, we discussed some of the challenges and realities that are unique to the incarceration of women. were grateful to include members of the Twin Cities Women's Choir, singing Voices of Hope, composed and conducted by University of Minnesota doctoral candidate Amanda Weber, who recounted her experiences leading a chorus of incarcerated women at the Minnesota Correctional Facility at Shakopee. 

We will then heard from a panel of formerly incarcerated women, who openly discussed some their experiences, successes, and challenges to reentry into society. Thank you Gina, KourtneyMariah, and Rea for sharing your powerful stories.

The program concluded with a panel of professionals who discussed some of the implications of and contributing factors to Minnesota’s growing population of incarcerated women. This panel was moderated by Robina Institute Research Director, Dr. Ebony Ruhland, and included Assistant Professor Rebecca Shlafer, University of Minnesota, Department of Pediatrics; Dr. Jim Verhoye, Education Director, Minnesota Correctional Facility at Shakopee; Judge Bruce Peterson, 4th Judicial District; and Autumn Cavender-Wilson, Certified Professional Midwife.

Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Credits

Approval of 2.5 Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credit hours is pending. Event Code: 240774

Women in Prison in Minnesota: Voices of Hope from Within Prison Walls

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