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.

  • Vera Institute of Justice

  • Release Date: February, 2017