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What characterizes women's and girls' pathways to crime?

Girls, Women, and Crime: Selected Readings, Second Edition is a compilation of journal articles on the female offender written by leading researchers in the fields of criminology and women's studies. The contributors reveal the complex worlds females in the criminal justice system must often negotiate—worlds that are frequently riddled with violence, victimization, discrimination, and economic marginalization. This in-depth collection leaves readers with a greater understanding of the complexities and nuances of the realtionship between girls and women and crime.

Chapter 5: At-Risk Girls and Delinquency: Career Pathways

At-Risk Girls and Delinquency: Career Pathways
At-risk girls and delinquency: Career pathways
Carla P.Davis

Before the 1974 Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (JJDP) Act, girls were arrested or detained primarily for status offenses (offenses that would not be regarded as wrongdoing if committed by an adult). Although decriminalization of status offenses should have resulted in a diminished presence of girls in the justice system, there has instead been a recent increase. More than a quarter of the youths arrested every year are girls. Delinquency cases involving girls increased by 83% between 1988 and 1997, with data indicating an increase of 106% for African American girls, 74% for Anglo girls, and 102% for girls of other races (American Bar Association and National Bar Association, 2001; Federal Bureau of ...

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