Epstein, R., Vafa, Y., & Burney, R. (2019, January 10). ‘How They See Me Versus How I See Myself’: Girls’ Reflections from Inside the Justice System. Retrieved March 6, 2019

Girls represent a growing share of the juvenile justice population. The girls who are sent into the system are disproportionately girls within minority groups, and many are LGBT/gender-nonconforming (Saar et al., 7–8). In most cases, the offenses that these girls commit do not present risks to public safety; instead, they reflect trauma that the girls have experienced. At higher rates than boys, girls in juvenile justice have mental health needs that most often go unaddressed by a punitive system that exacerbates their symptoms (Saar et al., 12).

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