What we do
Since 2003, the Association on Programs for Female Offenders (APFO), an American Correctional Association affiliate, co-sponsored bi-annual AJFO conferences.
In 2015, we merged APFO and AJFO and changed our name to the Association for Justice-involved Females and Organizations (AJFO).
The AJFO Conference is held every other year with the AJFO executive board selecting a local conference host through a competitive request for applications process. The host state receives assistance with conference planning from the AJFO executive board.
Past conference hosts:
2019 - Georgia and Alabama Department of Corrections, Atlanta, GA
2017 - Santa Clara County Office of Women's Policy, Santa Clara, CA
2015 - The Connecticut Women's Consortium, Hartford, CT
AJFO addresses issues for women and girls involved in the criminal justice system. AJFO's history goes as far back as the 1912 National Prison congress when an Association of Women members was created so that the “ladies could get together for mutual help and advice [and so there would] be given a time on the program when women who were directly concerned and interested in the work for women prisoners should have an opportunity to emphasize this very important work.” Over the past century the group grew and continues its leadership role as an advocacy group for women and girls in the criminal justice system. While the early purpose was to provide networking for those working with incarcerated women and girls, AJFO created the Adult and Juvenile Female Offender workshops (AJFO) in the 1980's, which were held bi-annually to advance knowledge about working with justice involved women. AJFO currently co-hosts a bi-annual conference in partnership with a local host. These conference continue to draw approximately 600 participants.