Girls in the Juvenile Justice System

Awards_OJJDPThis bulletin from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention presents statistics on girls in the juvenile justice system from three national data collections, covering their involvement from arrest through residential placement. It provides an analysis of trends and case processing in addition to characteristics of the youth studied and their offenses.

The findings show that arrests involving girls fell by more than 50 percent between 2006 and 2015. Moreover, the number of delinquency cases, petitioned status cases, and residential placements involving girls were at their lowest levels since the 1990s. Females, however, accounted for a relatively large share of youth arrests involving larceny-theft, simple assault, and disorderly conduct.