Ending Girls’ Incarceration in New York City
Over the last decade, successful reforms have reduced the number of youth in juvenile custody by 50 percent nationwide—largely by sharply reducing confinement for low-risk offenses. However, despite the fact that the vast majority of girls are still incarcerated for behavior that poses no public safety risk, girls’ incarceration is declining at a slower rate than boys’. Addressing these disparities is a particularly urgent need for girls of color and LGBT/gender non-conforming (GNC) youth who disproportionately bear the burdens of incarceration. However, the juvenile justice field systematically lacks strategies to keep girls out of custody.