“Ending girls’ incarceration requires communities to treat girls fairly and with respect. That means eliminating reliance on law enforcement and the courts when girls run away, skip school, or disobey a parent.”

— Lindsay Rosenthal, Girls Matter: Centering Gender in Status Offense Reform Efforts

National Crittenton is proud to have supported the new report released by Vera Institute of Justice, Girls Matter: Centering Gender in Status Offense Reform Efforts. The report, by author Lindsay Rosenthal, expands on Vera’s 2015 Status Offense Toolkit, and discusses the history of girls’ incarceration, the impact of status reform efforts for girls, and action steps to incorporate gender into reform efforts.

From the report:

“Although girls typically comprise just 25 percent of the overall juvenile justice system, 40 percent of children who are taken to court for status offenses—and 55 percent of children who are taken to court specifically for running away—are girls. In 2013, status offenses and technical violations of probation accounted for a combined 37 percent of girls’ total detentions nationwide—compared to 25 percent of boys’ detentions.”

You can read the full report here:

Vera Institute of Justice: Girls Matter Report