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Takedown of DOJ Juvenile Justice Office Webpages About Still-Active Initiatives Highlights its Shift Towards a More Punitive Approach

The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), a division of the Department of Justice (DOJ), has removed a number of webpages related to ongoing programs and policy guidance, and altered messaging on its website in ways…
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FREE Webinar: Understanding Girls and the Juvenile Justice System – A Review of Recent National Data - September 24 at 2 PM

Participants will learn about available data resources relating to victimization of and offending by girls, and the juvenile justice system’s response to law-violating behavior involving girls. The presenters will demonstrate information available…
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Understanding the Unique Challenges of Female Incarceration - The Sentencing Project

The number of incarcerated women stands nearly eight times higher than in 1980, with over 200,000 women behind bars. There are over 7,000 girls, predominantly girls of color, in youth confinement around the country. Analyzing female incarceration…
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Early Puberty in Girls May Take Mental Health Toll - The Philadelphia Inquirer

A new study suggests that girls who get their first menstrual periods at a young age have a greater risk for developing depression and antisocial behavioral issues that may last into their 20s. Read more.
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Study: Black Girls Viewed as Less Innocent than White Girls - The Philadelphia Tribune

A new study, titled "Girlhood Interrupted: The Erasure of Black Girls' Childhood," suggests that adults perceive African-American girls as less innocent than white girls. According to the study, participants tended to believe that black girls…
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Gender Injustice: System-Level Juvenile Justice Reforms for Girls

Earlier this month, the Vera Institute of Justice hosted a seminar titled "Gender Injustice: System-Level Juvenile Justice Reforms for Girls," with a focus on family violence. Read more.
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Girls Only: Kent County Launches Unique Program for Young Offenders - FOX 17

One judge in Michigan is leading a program especially designed to address the needs of young female offenders. Read more.
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Yoga Helps At-risk Girls Cope with Trauma, Georgetown Law Report Finds - PR Web

Georgetown Law's Center on Poverty and Inequality released a report this week on specialized yoga programs. The report found that such programs can help at-risk girls overcome the harmful effects of childhood trauma. Read more.