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Women in Criminal Justice


The 27th annual Women in Criminal Justice Conference is scheduled for Friday, June 14, 2024, at the Sheraton Springfield Monarch Place Hotel. This year’s theme is “Paving the Way for Women in Criminal Justice: Lasting Impressions.”

Early guidance, support, and encouragement from another woman in the male-dominated field of criminal justice can help pave the way for women in all facets of service. Mentorship is essential in encouraging women entering the field and along their career journey.

Women leaders are challenged beyond the norm both in and outside of the office. Our role models champion professional development while providing support and compassion. Each presenter in this year’s conference shares their experiences to inspire each of us to develop to our fullest potential so we may leave a lasting impression with our future colleagues.

The keynote speaker of the 2024 WICJ Conference will be Linda Melconian, assistant professor of practice, public service and healthcare administration at Suffolk University in Boston. Melconian was a Massachusetts state senator for 22 years, representing the 2nd Hampden and Hampshire, 1st Hampden, and Hampden districts, and was elected by her Senate peers as its first woman majority leader.

Dr. Patricia A. Murphy is the honorary chair. She is a retired assistant superintendent of the Hampden County Sheriff’s Office.

Workshop titles include:

  • Mentorship
  • Struggle Well
  • How Women Lead
  • Thinking Outside the Box
  • Mission Recovery Court

To register, download the 2024 WICJ Conference brochure here.

Check out news coverage of the 26th Women in Criminal Justice Conference here.