Women and Girls Lead, Vol. 3: Women, Girls, & the Criminal Justice System

Lesson Plans and Film Modules

This lesson examines risk factors for contact with the criminal justice system as well as other negative outcomes such as teen pregnancy, dropping out of high school, and substance abuse, and allows students to assess their own risks.

From the films Me Facing Life: Cyntoia's Story and Girls on the Wall

This lesson highlights the qualities of resiliency needed by teens to overcome adversity and risk. Students consider their own level of resiliency and explore ways to strengthen it.

From the films Me Facing Life: Cyntoia's Story and Girls on the Wall

This lesson provides students with an opportunity to learn more about trends in the criminal justice system in the context of an exploding prison population.

From the film Me Facing Life: Cyntoia's Story

This lesson asks students to reflect on decisions they have made that have negatively impacted others in order to build empathy and hold themselves accountable.

From the film Troop 1500

This lesson documents the importance of opening up through storytelling and song about the things that make us hurt and angry and challenges students to tell their story.

From the film Girls on the Wall

This lesson looks at a successful and surprising intervention program for mothers in prison and is designed for students to further their knowledge of existing resources in their communities and to strengthen the skills needed to access them.

From the film Troop 1500

This lesson raises the importance of having a mentor, the characteristics of a good mentor, and what possibilities exist for students themselves to inspire and motivate others. Students will be encouraged to contact a mentoring organization to find a mentor if they do not already have one.

From the films Me Facing Life: Cyntoia's Story and Troop 1500

Community Classroom 7

About this collection

This unique resource features content from three award-winning documentaries about the impact of mass incarceration on the lives of women and girls in the United States: Me Facing Life: Cyntoia’s Story, Girls on the Wall, and Troop 1500. It is designed to engage 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 film modules and lessons center on the question: How can women and girls impacted by the criminal justice system become leaders?