The first annual What Works in Criminal Justice Forum presents "Mean Girls, Bad Girls, or Just Girls: Gender Matters in Delinquency Prevention" by Meda Chesney-Lind. It focuses on the trends in girls' violence, a hot topic and the reason so many girls are being arrested and detained for assault. Dr. Chesney-Lind will discuss current trends in female delinquency as well as a review of the current evidence on "what works" with female delinquents. Girls are an increasing proportion of those in the juvenile justice system, as they now constitute about one in three juvenile arrests (up from one in five a few decades ago). Girls are also increasingly being arrested for crimes of violence. Sorting out these trends is critical to crafting programs that are both gender responsive and effective. We will look at the ways that girls' programming must be shaped by the unique pathways that bring girls into the juvenile justice system, and we will review the key elements of those programs that have been found to be effective with girls.
When: Tuesday, March 17th,
Where: University Place Willamette Falls Room
Time: 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
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