National Clearinghouse on Homeless Youth and Families

Gender Injustice: System-Level Juvenile Justice Reforms for Girls

Authors: 
Sherman, F.T.,
Balack, A.
Published: September, 2015
Type: 
Paper/Research Report
Organization: 
The National Crittenton Foundation
Abstract: 

This report from The National Crittenton Foundation (TNCF) focuses on how to facilitate developmental juvenile justice reform for girls. It maps how girls typically enter and move through the juvenile justice system as it is now and describes the social contexts that drive girls’ behavior and system involvement. Girls exhibit these challenging behaviors due to the trauma they experience through exposure to abuse, violence, and deprivation. The authors recommend an alternative, developmental approach that would redesign the system for girls by addressing their needs rather than penalizing or punishing them for challenges beyond their control.  

Availability: 
Available free of charge on the TNCF website at: https://nationalcrittenton.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Gender_Injustice_Report.pdf