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Kicked Out of School for Not Being “Feminine” Enough

Girls growing up face hurdles concerning gender identity and this bears directly to what they face upon entering the juvenile justice system.

Some Promising Programs for Girls in Trouble

In my previous blog I noted that successful programs for girls in the juvenile justice system were rare. In this blog I will highlight a few examples of recently developed programs that show great promise.

Programs for Girls in Juvenile Justice

Despite years of research showing that girls require a special kind of programming, here remains a lack of innovative, effective programs for girls in trouble.

Part IV: Trends in Girls' Crime

This is the last of my four part blog series on girls and juvenile justice. Part I provided an overview of the most recent information, Part II discussed the prevalence of histories of sexual abuse among justice-involved girls, Part III dealt with runaways, and this blog will conclude with the most common offense committed by girls.

Part III: Trends in girls' crime

It was noted in part II of this series that girls who run away from home are often doing so because of sexual abuse at home.  As reported in the New York Times an estimated 1.6 million juveniles run away from or are thrown out of their homes each year; over half are girls. 

Part II: Trends in girls' crime

As noted in Part I of this series, running away and sexual abuse are much more significant in the lives of girls than boys. Sexual abuse is particularly salient for girls and may well propel girls into behaviors such as running away from home or other status offenses. As already noted, girls are much more likely than boys to be the victims of childhood sexual abuse: it has been estimated that roughly 70 percent of the victims are female.

Part I: Trends in girls' crime

Meda Chesney-Lind and I are currently updating our book Girls, Delinquency and Juvenile Justice (to be published by Wiley-Blackwell at the end of this year) and in this blog I want to report some updated information about recent trends in the offenses girls commit.

Column: Phoebe Prince, Bullying, and Me

Column: Phoebe Prince, Bullying, and Me The Boston Globe, April 9, 2010

"The Myth of Mean Girls" featured in The New York Times
CJCJ's Senior Research Fellow Mike A. Males, Ph.D. and professor of women's studies at the University of Hawaii Meda-Chesney Lind were featured in the New York Times for their article, "The Myth of Mean Girls ".  Read the article and help dismantle the myth. Image by Maxwell Holyoke-Hirsch.
The Myth of Mean Girls

The Myth of Mean Girls New York Times, April 1, 2010

Justice Policy Journal - Volume 1, Number 2 - Spring 2003
(ISSN 1530-3012) From the editor Justice Policy Journal Volume 1, Number 2: Spring 2003 From the editor By Daniel Macallair, MPA Editorial Statement Manuscripts submitted to JPJ cannot have been published elsewhere, including the internet. They cannot be under consideration by another journal or publication outlet. Upon publication, authors must sign a copyright agreement with the Justice Policy Journal . Justice Policy Journal Volume 1, Number 2: Spring 2003 By Edward…
The decline of rape

The decline of rape Los Angeles Times, February 18, 2007

Out of Sight, Out of Mind: The Plight of Adolescent Girls in The San Francisco Juvenile Justice System

This report presents recommendations about serving the unique needs of girls in the San Francisco Juvenile Probation system. 

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