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Advisory Task Force on the Woman and Juvenile Female Offender in Corrections
Also known as:
Advisory Task Force on Female Offenders
Advisory Task Force on the Woman Offender in Corrections (15 S.R. 1130, 1990 1991)
Advisory Task Force on the Female Offender in Corrections (1992)
Task Force on the Future of Women Offenders
Department of Corrections Task Force on Women Offenders
Women Offenders Advisory Task Force (1992 Minn. Stat. table 3)
Function: Consults with the Minnesota commissioner of corrections concerning choice of model programs to receive funding, reviews and makes recommendation on matters affecting women offenders, identifies problem areas, and assists the commissioner in seeking improved programming for women offenders.
Active dates:1981 -
Advisory Task Force on the Woman Offender in Corrections
Created in 1981. In 1983 expiration was made subject to Minn. Stat. 15.059, but in 1985 language was added stating that the group would continue until terminated by the commissioner of corrections.
Below is a history note from Juvenile Female Offenders: A Status of the States Report October 1998 (http://ojjdp.ncjrs.org/PUBS/gender/state-mn.html).
Office of Planning for Female Offenders. In 1978, a group of women concerned with the lack of services for adult female offenders in Minnesota met, under the direction of the Commissioner of Corrections, to formulate recommendations to address this service delivery deficit. As a result of their advocacy efforts, the State legislature passed legislation in 1981 that formed the Advisory Task Force on the Female Offender to address this issue and hired a full- time Director of Planning for Female Offenders within the Department of Corrections (Scully-Whitaker 1997, p. 1).
In 1990, this legislation was amended to include adolescent female offenders and adult women offenders, and the Office of Planning for Female Offenders within the Department of Corrections formed the Adolescent Female Subcommittee of the Advisory Task Force on the Female Offender in Corrections. Specifically, this new legislation required that both adult and juvenile women shall be "provided a range and quality of programming substantially equivalent to programming offered male persons charged with or convicted of crimes or delinquencies"; that programs for female offenders be based "upon the
special needs of female offenders"; and that counties submit annual plans to the commissioner of corrections that describe those services provided to female offenders (Minnesota Legislature 1990, p. 1).
The Advisory Task Force on the Woman and Juvenile Female Offender in Corrections was reviewed by the Legislative Commission on Planning and Fiscal Policy (LCPFP) in 2013 as part of their biennial duty required by Minn. Stat. 3.885 Subd. 11. The LCPFP's 2013 Recommendations called for keeping the task force.
20 members (statewide geographical distribution); appointed by commissioner of corrections; terms governed by Minn. Stat. 15.059; compensation governed by Minn. Stat. 15.059. Members shall reflect a statewide geographical representation, as well as reflect a diverse cultural background.
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