Women and Girls in the Criminal Justice System

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This collection may be used to support viewing of the documentaries Me Facing Life: Cyntoia’s Story, Girls on the Wall, and Troop 1500, while engaging participants in discussions about the criminal justice system; factors that put teens at risk; the impact of mass incarceration on individuals, families, and communities; and effective responses to these issues. The films and lessons are built around a central question: How can women and girls impacted by the criminal justice system become leaders? Participants will explore the question of leadership and take a step toward becoming leaders and mentors themselves.

  • Women and Girls in the Criminal Justice System | Educator Guide

    This guide helps participants engage in discussions about the criminal justice system; factors that put teens at risk; the impact of mass incarceration on individuals, families, and communities; and effective responses to these issues. The films and educator guide lessons are built around a central question: How can women and girls impacted by the criminal justice system become leaders? We hope that participants explore the question of leadership and take a step toward becoming leaders and mentors themselves.

    Grades: 9-13+
  • Cyntoia's Story: Portraits of Girls in the Criminal Justice System | Film Module

    This module takes a look at a teen girl currently under the supervision of the criminal justice system; she is serving a life sentence in an adult state prison in Tennessee. Viewers get snapshots of her childhood and family and some of the adversity she faced in her life.

    Grades: 9-13+
  • Rosa's Story: Portraits of Girls in the Criminal Justice System | Film Module

    This module takes a look at a teen girl currently under the supervision of the criminal justice system; she is serving a short sentence in an Illinois juvenile detention center. Viewers get snapshots of her childhood and family and some of the adversity she faced in her life.

    Grades: 9-13+
  • Seizing Their Stories | Me Facing Life: Cyntoia’s Story Film Module

    In this module, we hear Cyntoia analyze and reflect on her past sexual history and victimization as well as one step she recently took in prison in response to that past.

    Grades: 9-13+
  • Seizing Their Stories: Rosa | Girls on the Wall Film Module

    In this module, viewers reexamine Rosa’s snapshot from "Rosa's Story: Portraits of Girls in the Criminal Justice System" with an eye to examples of her resiliency.

    Grades: 9-13+
  • What to Do: The State of the Criminal Justice System | Me Facing Life: Cyntoia’s Story Film Module

    In this module, viewers hear from a range of people weighing in on the result of Cyntoia’s case, including a court-appointed forensic psychologist, the prosecuting attorney, and members of Cyntoia’s family. Questions such as whether teens should be tried as adults and what to do when teens commit serious crimes are addressed.

    Grades: 9-13+
  • What Is the Impact of My Decisions? | Troop 1500 Film Module

    This module details the relationships between mothers in prison and the daughters they left behind. The viewer watches as several girls visit their mothers in jail as part of a Girl Scout troop program. This module provides glimpses into the ways that families are impacted by incarceration.

    Grades: 9-13+
  • The Power of Expression | Girls on the Wall Film Module

    This module takes a look at a drama therapy program at a juvenile detention center for girls in Illinois. Viewers watch as the girls struggle to make sense of their own stories and how they can be used collectively to tell a transformative narrative.

    Grades: 9-13+
  • Intervention: What Works | Troop 1500 Film Module

    This module introduces the Beyond Bars program of the Girl Scouts of the USA, a program that brings together daughters with their incarcerated moms. Viewers see examples of activities that are designed to strengthen the bond between mothers and daughters even when these mothers are locked up. We hear from the warden, a social worker, the troop leader, and the program participants.

    Grades: 9-13+
  • Jessica and Ida's Story: Role Models and Mentors | Troop 1500 Film Module

    In this module, viewers examine the ways that individuals, even under difficult circumstances, can inspire others. We see a daughter attending her mom’s high school graduation.

    Grades: 9-13+
  • Cyntoia Reflects: Role Models and Mentors | Me Facing Life: Cyntoia’s Story Film Module

    In this module, viewers examine the ways that individuals, even under difficult circumstances, can inspire others. We see a teen girl serving a life sentence who reflects on her choices.

    Grades: 9-13+
  • Me Facing Life: Cyntoia’s Story | Film Discussion Guide

    This discussion guide is designed as a tool to facilitate dialogue, and deepen understanding of the complex issues in Me Facing Life: Cyntoia's Story, a film that follows the sad and startling story of Cyntoia Brown, who is serving a life sentence for a murder she committed at age of 16. The guide provides important context, and raises thought provoking questions to encourage viewers to think more deeply. We provide suggestions for areas to take action and to explore in panel discussions, in the classroom, in communities, and online. We also provide valuable resources and connections to organizations.

    Grades: 9-13+
  • Troop 1500 | Film Discussion Guide

    This discussion guide is designed to facilitate dialogue, and deepen understanding of the complex issues in Troop 1500, a film that follows a Girl Scout troop that unites daughters with mothers who have been convicted of serious crimes. The guide provides important context, and raises thought provoking questions to encourage viewers to think more deeply. We provide suggestions for areas to take action and to explore in panel discussions, in the classroom, in communities, and online. We also provide valuable resources and connections to organizations.

    Grades: 9-13+

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