An Update on Gender Responsive Strategies - 2011

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Ohio State University. Criminal Justice Research Center

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This Best Practices tool kit identifies research regarding practices that are considered promising, proven to be beneficial or "best practices" in the treatment of female ex-offenders on probation and parole. According to former director of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, Reginald Wilkinson, best practices range anywhere from practices which are empirically proven to be effective to strategies which demonstrate promise but have not yet been thoroughly evaluated. This document briefly summarizes four studies which outline effective strategies and particular aspects of working with women on probation and parole. Following this, there is a an annotated bibliography, featuring publications from the past five years which further examine the issue of women’s experiences with re-entry. Note that this document serves largely as an addendum to Coretta Pettway’s 2006 Institute for Excellence in Justice Best Practices tool kit, "Gender Responsive Strategies," which is available at



female offenders, female ex-offenders, gender responsive strategies, women on probation and parole, best practices