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Conference explores women in the justice system

The first justice-involved women conference, “Women and the Justice System,” will be part of a daylong event Friday.

“The term ‘justice involved’ describes women who are involved in our courts and prison system, both in a professional capacity as well as defendants and prisoners,” said Catherine Cerulli, director of the university’s Susan B. Anthony Center for Women’s Leadership which is sponsoring the event along with the University of Rochester Medical Center’s  Women’s Initiative Supporting Health.

The conference will serve as a discussion forum for topics like re-entry, funding challenges and the justice system. Legal and medical professionals, women’s advocates and former inmates will meet, beginning at 8 a.m. at the Staybridge Suites in Rochester.

“We want to raise the profile of justice involved women by helping people understand the true scope of the problem,” said Diane Morse, co-creator of the conference and an internal medicine physician and assistant professor of psychiatry at University of Rochester.

For more information, visit www.rochester.edu or call (585) 275-8799.


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