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What About Girls? Females and the Juvenile Justice System Videoconference

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This packet of information examines the subject of adolescent females in the juvenile justice system.
A videotape presents a nationwide teleconference, including telephone calls from viewers, concerning adolescent females in, or at risk of entering, the juvenile justice system. Forum participants discuss several programs that represent a new approach to dealing with girls. Rather than squeezing girls into a justice system designed for boys, or separating juvenile delinquents by gender, these programs are rooted in girls’ experiences. They combine female adolescent theory with juvenile justice practice. The programs include: (1) the PACE Center for Girls, Jacksonville, FL; (2) Pulaski County Juvenile Court, Little Rock, AR; and (3) Harriet Tubman Residential Center, Auburn, NY. The video and an accompanying Participant Packet discuss statistics, why girls’ needs are different, protective factors for girls, and State and Federal support for jurisdictions interested in developing gender-specific services for females. Resources
Date Created: August 18, 2014