Effectively serving and supervising girls are among the most difficult issues facing detention reform. While girls present a low public safety risk, they often exhibit more serious social and mental health issues, making lock up increasingly harmful.  Casey’s Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI) produced a practical, detailed, how-to guide to tackle this issue head on and get true detention reform for girls started in JDAI sites. 

December 5, 2013

JDAI Practice Guides Collection

In This Report, You’ll Learn

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    When to analyze and reform girls’ detention.

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    How to convene a girls’ detention reform work group.

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    How girls detention reform fits within JDAI practice.

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    How to apply an in-depth gender-lens data analysis.

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    How to use data to reduce inappropriate detention of girls.

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    How to address the 14 widespread challenges facing detention reform for girls.

Key Takeaway

42% of incarcerated girls in the U.S. are age 15 or under

The number of girls in detention rose almost 50% from 1992-2002.

Findings & Stats

Statements & Quotations