This chapter examines the ways by which girls come in contact with the juvenile justice system and their different needs for prevention and intervention. It discusses the issues facing girls through the lens of two incarcerated young women, citing early risk factors present in their childhood that are ignored or not addressed in a comprehensive way. It argues that girls are victims of gender inequity that persists in the juvenile justice system, and that they are often misunderstood, mislabeled, and inappropriately forced into the system unprepared to address their own needs. It calls for a critical review of the policies and processes that place girls at risk as well as the societal practices that result in disparate treatment of girls. The chapter outlines a number of initiatives for preventing and reducing juvenile delinquency among girls.
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