Education and Females in Juvenile Justice

Jessamyn Tracy, Florida State University
Thomas G. Blomberg, Forida State University

ABSTRACT
The sheer volume of male criminal activity has demanded substantial attention and efforts from the academic and research community. However, as social, political, and economic conditions have shifted throughout the last half of the twentieth century, greater interest has focused on females and girl delinquency in particular. This paper addresses the particular issues relevant to education and females in the juvenile justice system, specifically gender-based programming and sex-segregated facilities. PACE, a juvenile justice program based on a female-centered program model, is reviewed and evaluated. Data from the Juvenile Justice Educational Enhancement Program are presented that assess the quality assurance scores of female only, male only, and mixed juvenile justice facilities and find that single-sex facilities score higher. The ongoing research efforts are aimed at identifying and implementing validated best practices in juvenile justice education.

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