November 19, 2008
Women in Prison Conference to Examine State of Oregon’s Prison System November 21
“Women in Prison,” an annual conference hosted by The Portia Project and co-sponsored by the Women’s Law Forum, will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Friday, November 21, in Knight Law Center 142. This year’s conference is designed to help participants become better educated concerning the goals, accomplishments, human and social costs, and collateral consequences of the prison system — in the hope of building public support for positive change.
The conference will feature presentations by the superintendents of two all-female facilities in Oregon. Nancy Howton, the superintendent of Coffee Creek Correctional Facility located in Wilsonville, and Lory Humbert, the superintendent of Oak Creek Youth Correctional Facility in Albany, will present a panel discussion titled “Life in Prison.”
The day also includes a screening of the documentary by Randi Jacobs, “A Sentence For Two.” The film follows four Oregon women who bear children while in prison and struggle with the uncertain futures of their newborns, as options are limited for pregnant inmates.