CONFERENCE LEARNING OBJECTIVES
According to the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, today nearly 30 percent of juveniles arrested are girls or young women and their share of arrests, detainment, and court cases has steadily increased over the past two decades. Unfortunately their stories remain unchanged. Often girls of color and girls living in poverty, are victims of violence, including physical and sexual abuse. They are typically nonviolent and pose little or no risk to public safety. Detention data illustrates this point. In 2013, 37 percent of detained girls were held for status offenses and technical violations, compared to 25 percent of boys. And 21 percent of girls were detained for simple assault and public order offenses (excluding weapons), compared to 12 percent of boys. However, questions remain about whether these trends reflect an actual increase in girls’ delinquency or changes in societal responses to girls’ behavior Beyond Bad Girls, Meda Chesney-Lind and Katherine Irwin. For these girls who pose littl or no threat to the public, the juvenile justice system is often a harmful intervention, traumatizing them, and reducing their opportunities for positive development.
This conference will explore the pathways of girls involvement in the criminal justice system, and dispel myths. We will harness our collective knowledge to identify the challenges and most effective interventions; and learn about promising practices and strategies for minimizing girls and women’s pathways to prison. By illuminating both the problem and potential solutions we hope to make the first step toward ending the cycle of victimizationto- imprisonment for girls. This conference is for anyone who works with women and girls. You will leave feeling inspired, empowered and ready to make a change in the lives of women and girls.
$75 Professional Rate
$45 Student Rate
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