Making Detention Reform Work for Girls

A Guide to Juvenile Justice Reform #5​

By the Annie E. Casey Foundation

December 5, 2013

Summary

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. 

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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.

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