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Spotlight on Girls in the Juvenile Justice System

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Date Published
January 2018
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This data snapshot summarizes data on trends and characteristics of girls at various stages in the juvenile justice system for the years 1985 through 2015.


During this period, there was an overall decline in arrests of boys, but the percentage of arrests of girls increased. In 2014, nearly half of all female delinquency cases involved simple assault (24 percent) and larceny-theft (24 percent) offenses. In 2014, delinquency cases that involved girls were more likely than those involving boys to be diverted or receive probation. In 2015. Status offenses and technical violations were more common for females in placement than for boys in placement. In addition, females accounted for just over half of all petitioned runaway cases in 2014 and just under one-third of all curfew cases. The data presented in this report were adapted from "Girls in the Juvenile Justice System, Juvenile Justice Statistics National Report Series Bulletin." 5 figures

Date Published: January 1, 2018