A Profile of Females in the Juvenile Justice System

Melissa Sickmund, National Center for Juvenile Justice

The increasing volume of girls in the juvenile justice system has caused concern among system administrators and policy makers alike. The presentation will profile female offenders in the juvenile justice system and highlight recent trends. Using self-report, arrest, juvenile court case processing data, and data on juveniles in residential placement the flow of girls through the juvenile justice system will be addressed. Analysis will also explore girls' patterns of victimization. This information provides a foundation for better understanding female offenders and the special issues they present to the juvenile justrice system.

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Updated 05/20/2006