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Adverse Childhood Experiences in the Lives of Juvenile Offenders
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Earlier this year, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) releasedACE Indicators by Gender the first study to examine the extent of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) among young offenders. Results of this study showed that juvenile offenders in Florida have “disturbingly high rates of ACEs and have higher composite scores than previously examined populations”.  In addition, the study revealed that “females had a higher prevalence than males on every single ACE indicator”.

The ACE Study is a collaboration between the Center For Disease Control and Kaiser Permanente.  ACEs refer to certain childhood experiences, such as emotional abuse, physical abuse and physical neglect, identified as risk factors for leading  causes of illness and death.

Additional resources on ACE and the criminal justice population include:

Read the full study


This announcement is available at NIC's Gender-Responsive News for Women and Girls.  Feel free to forward to friends and colleagues.  Subscribe to the newsletter at

For additional resources on Justice-Involved Women go to NIC’s Women Offenders.

Posted Tue, Sep 23 2014 7:30 AM by Susan Powell


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