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New in the Library - Gender Injustice: System-Level Juvenile Justice Reform for Girls
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Gender InjusticeFrom the National Crittenton Foundation and the National Women’s Law Center, this 2015 report, Gender Injustice: System-Level Juvenile Justice Reforms for Girls, notes that although the proportion of girls in the juvenile justice system has increased: “juvenile justice systems are routinely failing to modify promising system reforms for girls or even to collect data on how girls are affected by the problems systems seek to remedy.”

Highlights from the Executive Summary:

  • In the last two decades, detentions of girls in the juvenile justice system have increased 40 percent (from 15 to 21 percent);
  • 45 percent of girls in an Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE) study of justice-involved youth had experienced 5 or more ACEs;
  • The report lists eight recommendations including:
    • Engage girls’ families throughout the juvenile justice process;
    • Don’t securely detain girls for offenses and technical violations that pose no public safety threat and are environmentally-driven;
    • Use health dollars to fund evidence-based practices and programs for girls and address health needs related to their trauma.

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

Posted Tue, Oct 20 2015 8:36 AM by Susan Powell


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