California Juvenile System Not Equipped To Properly Deal With Females Needs

California Juvenile System Not Equipped To Properly Deal With Females Needs

California Juvenile System Not Equipped To Properly Deal With Females Needs

A recent report released by the Berkeley Center for Criminal Justice said that the California Juvenile Justice system is not equipped to provide juvenile female offenders with the programs they need.  The study found that there are few programs in place directed at dealing with the issues that often bring young girls into the criminal justice system.

The report found the many of the programs in place for juveniles were designed based on the things that bring young men into the correctional system.  While these programs have been applied to juvenile females, researchers say that they simply do not meet the needs of females.  The report showed that females are much more likely than males to have suffered sexual abuse, yet there are no in-depth counseling services available for these young women.  The report also found that gender specific programs for young women were one of least available types of programs to be found in the system.

The discussion over juvenile female programs comes as the number of females in detention centers across the country explodes.  Between 1995 and 2005, female detainees grew by more than 49% while there was only a 7% increase in the male population.  Females often enter detention centers under very different circumstance than males do the study reports.  A prime example is the fact that nearly seven in ten girls are in court because of prostitution charges, compared to less than half of males.

The report aims to increase support for the adoption of gender specific programs in the juvenile corrections system.  The researchers hope that the added awareness to what they say is becoming a major problem, will lead officials to make a change


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