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The Prominence and Plight Of Girls in the Juvenile Justice System

The Prominence and Plight Of Girls in the Juvenile Justice System

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The number of juveniles in the nation’s criminal system has been in decline for years. California and New York have closed some of their largest and most troubled juvenile detention facilities. Missouri has recently been credited with doing a better job of caring for its most troubled children, further limiting the state’s population of teens in punitive settings.

But a recent report by researchers has highlighted what they call a disturbing trend: the prominence and plight of girls in the juvenile justice system.

In 1992, according to the report, Gender Injustice , girls made up 20 percent of the children arrested in the U.S. In 2012, girls accounted for 29 percent of children arrested, a near 50 percent increase. The percentage of girls in the population of children sent to formal detention facilities grew similarly over […]