Presentation of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention's Girls Study Group Project

Anne Bergan, O. J. J. D. P.

The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) issued a solicitation for applications from public or private agencies and organizations to assemble and convene the Girls Study Group to develop a sound theoretical and empirical foundation to guide future development, testing and dissemination of strategies to effectively prevent and reduce girls' involvement in delinquency and violence and their subsequent consequences. It is anticipated that the Girls Study Group Project will provide State and local policymakers and practitioners with theoretically sound, culturally and developmentally appropriate, and empirically grounded strategies (program elements, principals and policies) to prevent and reduce female delinquency and its consequences. The award for this project will be announced in June, 2001. It is planned that the "Chair" of the Girls Study Group will present on this panel. Specifically, the presenter will provide: (1) a history of the challenges affecting researchers and practitioners in examining and addressing the needs of females in the juvenile justice system, (2) OJJDP's response, and call for a Girls Study Group, and (3) an overview of the framework/strategy/makeup of the Study Group.

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