Youth prison is no solution for Girls. The research is clear on how girls, often charged with status or low-level offenses, unnecessarily end up in the deep end of the system. State systems are beginning to recognize this trend and take steps to shrink their deep end girls’ populations, leaving many facilities with very few incarcerated girls and leaving us all with an urgent focus on how to get girls out of youth prisons and close them down for good.
The National Crittenton Foundation, in partnership with Education Northwest, hosted a series of events with Dr. Monique Morris on Wednesday, September 7, 2016 to talk about her book “Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools,” and also discuss related issues affecting Portland’s diverse communities.
The OJJDP-funded National Girls Initiative and the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) convened a roundtable to discuss the unintended consequences of mandatory and pro-arrest policies for domestic violence on girls and young women. The purpose of the roundtable was to foster collaboration between juvenile justice advocates, advocates for girls, and advocates for victims of domestic violence.
Seven nonprofit alliances and organizations have been selected as the first recipients of the National Girls Initiative’s Innovation Awards, a program designed to spotlight and support creative efforts to advance systems-level juvenile justice reforms for girls.
Gender Injustice: System-Level Juvenile Justice Reforms for Girls
Despite decades of attention, the proportion of girls in the juvenile justice system has increased and their challenges have remained remarkably consistent, resulting in deeply rooted systemic gender injustice. The literature is clear that girls in the justice system have experienced abuse, violence, adversity, and deprivation across many of the domains of their lives—family, peers, intimate partners, and community. There is also increasing understanding of the sorts of programs helpful to these girls. What is missing is a focus on how systems—and particularly juvenile justice systems—can be redesigned to protect public safety and support the healing and healthy development of girls and young women.
This week we were honored to host the national meeting of the National Girls Initiative Innovation Awardees in Portland. Amazing organizations and women from Hawai’i, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Texas, Iowa, and across California. Thanks to OJJDP and the NoVo Foundation for their support. It’s all about the girls!
TNCF and the Crittenton family of agencies has been working diligently for more than 130 years to ensure that the needs and potential of girls and young women who have faced adversity and survived violence have the supports they need to heal and thrive.
Raised by a single mother, Tanya was physically and emotionally abused by her on regular basis and was also repeatedly sexually abused by her mother’s boyfriends and male friends. In an effort to get help, Tanya told her mother about the sexual abuse but was told that it was her fault. To escape her life — the pain, betrayal and abuse, she continually ran away taking refuge on the streets. Eventually, she was picked up and detained for running away. In court, her mother told the judge that Tanya was incorrigible. She was placed in a secure juvenile detention facility and after being released she was returned to her mother.
We have a long history as advocates for young women and girls
- 135 Stories
- 135 Years
- Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE)
- BOLD Program
- Commercial Sex Trafficking
- Crittenton Family of Agencies
- Foster Care
- Girls at the Margin
- Guest Post
- Juvenile Justice
- National Girls Initiative
- Opportunities for Girls
- Two Generation Approaches
- Young Moms