Muskie co-hosts national conference on female offenders

On October 6-10, over 400 corrections professionals from across the country gathered in Portland, Maine, for the 15th Biannual Adult & Juvenile Female Offenders (AJFO) Conference, an event sponsored by the Association of Programs for Female Offenders and hosted by the Maine Department of Corrections and the USM Muskie School of Public Service.

AJFO, the only professional conference focused exclusively on women and girls involved with the justice system, provides a forum for practitioners, researchers, state administrators, program directors, and advocates to discuss the needs, management, and treatment of female offenders.

Erica KingErica King, policy associate at the Muskie School with extensive experience in research, evaluation, and training related to corrections systems, helped organize this year’s AJFO conference, which featured workshops and presentations on gender responsive programming, trauma-informed practices, and other issues surrounding women in prisons.


AJFO was featured in the Bangor Daily News article “Experts: Number of women in Maine prisons has grown sixfold since 2002” and the WCSH 6 News piece “‘Orange is the New Black’ author Piper Kerman.”

Learn more: Adult & Juvenile Female Offenders Conference website

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