About Girls? Females and the Juvenile Justice System
- May 24, 1999
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juvenile female arrests and the involvement of girls in at-risk and delinquent
behavior has become a pervasive trend across the United States. According
to an analysis by the National Center for Juvenile Justice, females accounted
for 26% or 748,000 of the 2,838,300 juvenile arrests reported for 1997.
The juvenile Violent Crime Index arrest rate for females more than doubled
between 1987 1nd 1994, then fell in each of the next 3 years. The growthin
juvenile violent crime arrest rates between 1987 and 1994 was greater for
females than for males, and the decline after 1994 was less for females
than males. The female violent crime arrest rate for 1997 was 103% above
the 1981 rate, while the male arrest rate was 27% above the 1981 level.
These statistics illustrate that State and local juvenile justice agencies
must be better prepared to meet the unique needs of both at risk girls
and female juvenile offenders.This means that State and local juvenile
justice agencies must be better prepared to meet the unique needs of both
at-risk girls and female juvenile offenders.
On Monday, May 24, 1999,
the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency
Prevention hosted a national
satellite videoconference to discuss issues
services for females. Nationally recognized
experts and service providers
will discuss promising gender-specific
programming for juvenile
females that States and local jursidictions can
Provide a forum
for issues concerning female offenders in the juvenile justice system;
approaches and promising program models for girls;
material available to support gender-specific programming.
The Juvenile Justice Teleconference
For More information, please contact:
Jenny McWilliams at 859-622-6671
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