Association for Justice-Involved


Females and Organizations





AJFO cohosts a bi-annual conference focused exclusively on women and girls in the criminal justice system


Welcome to the new website for the Association for Justice-Involved Females and Organizations (AJFO)! We are excited to announce our new name as we move forward with changes in our organization. Check out our resources tab for a glimpse of a conference presentation led by Dr. Stephanie Covington. Stay tuned for updates and information about advocacy and educational opportunities focused on justice-involved women and girls - more will come soon!



AJFO is the only professional conference focused exclusively on women and girls involved with the criminal justice system.  Participants represent a diverse array of practitioners, state administrators, program directors, women with lived experience, advocates, researchers, and program developers, and experts in reentry, incarceration, juvenile justice, trauma and gender.  Past conferences have drawn approximately 600 professionals from federal, state and local correctional systems, as well as treatment providers and researchers from the United States, Canada and other countries.


Because of the gender and cultural differences of women and girls, many working in the field strongly believed that there needed to be an international and ongoing discourse. Issues that tend to be particularly unique to women and girls involved in the criminal justice system include stigmas for mothers and women,  children and child care, financial stability and income, prostitution and human trafficking,  domestic violence or intimate partner violence, trauma and different pathways to criminal behavior. Learning about women, and girls is particularly important because early information, research, and design related to incarceration, prison,  and reentry into the community was originally developed with men in mind.

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AJFO Statement on Systemic Racism

AJFO denounces the persistent devaluation of Black lives at the hands of the systemic racism that persists in the criminal legal system. We recognize that there is historical and current systemic racism at every point in the system, including the police, courts, prisons, jails, probation, and parole, as well as in the nonprofit world and community organizations. As we move forward, we are committed to developing and bridging policies and practices that dismantle white supremacy in the criminal legal system to contribute to a racially equitable society.

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