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Justice for KidsKeeping Kids Out of the Juvenile Justice System$
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Nancy E. Dowd

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780814721377

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814721377.001.0001

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Girl Matters

Girl Matters

Unfinished Work

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Justice for Kids

Lawanda Ravoira

Vanessa Patino

NYU Press

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.

Keywords:   girls, juvenile justice system, prevention, intervention, risk factors, gender inequity, juvenile justice, juvenile delinquency

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