Female Opportunities Creating Unlimited Success--Gender Specific Programming in Practice

Stacy L. Mallicoat, University of Colorado - Boulder

Recent reviews of the literature on delinquent girls demonstrates a clear need for gender specific programming. Traditional services have failed to address the unique needs of adolescent female offenders. My research focuses on one program which has made attempts to close the gender gap in programming and services for adolescent female offenders, combining traditional intensive supervision program with community building, family strengthening models and mental health support. In addition, it contributes an educational curiculum designed to address the unique factors of female offenders such as substance abuse, domestic violence, physical and sexual health and independent living skills. In this paper, I highlight the evaluative aspects of the program as well as indicators on which factors are successful in reducing recidivism rates for female offenders in the juvenile court system.

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Updated 05/20/2006