|Report: States Deal With More Female Offenders|
|By njtoday.net/ - Susan Ferriss|
Violent juvenile crime has fallen over the last decade — good news — but the numbers of American girls getting into trouble have continued to increase, according to a report released Tuesday by the National Conference of State Legislatures.
“Girls now represent 15 percent of those held in juvenile facilities and as much as 34 percent in some states,” the survey by the nonpartisan Denver- and Washington, D.C.-based group found. Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii, Minnesota, Oregon and New Mexico have passed laws that require “gender-specific” rehabilitation programs or plans for programs for this growing female population.
The number of girls accused of offenses has been on the rise for three decades, according to U.S. Department of Justice reports. For example, thearrest rate of girls for simple, or minor, assault in 2003 was more than triple the rate in 1980.
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