KEY FEATURES A unique approach brings the causes of delinquency into the discussion of the juvenile justice system. Case studies included throughout the chapters bring the content to life and illustrate for students the connections between policy and research. Critical thinking questions appearing at the end of each case study encourage students to use facts and research to make thoughtful decisions regarding the presented issues. A margin glossary helps students master the language used when discussing juvenile justice and delinquency Carefully selected photos aid visual learners by bringing the concepts to life. Web resources at the end of chapters provide students with opportunities explore further information.

Young Women and the Juvenile Justice System

Young Women and the Juvenile Justice System
Chapter 6 Young women and the juvenile justice system
Barry A. Krisberg

Of the approximately 1.6 million arrests of persons younger than age 18 in 2010, about 29% involved young women. Whereas young women were 18% of those arrested for violent crimes and 38% of serious property crimes, they were 82% of juveniles arrested for prostitution and commercialized vice, and 58% of those arrested as runaways. Girls accounted for about 16% of juveniles who were arrested for drugs and 11% of those arrested for weapons offenses (Sickmund & Puzzanchera, 2014).

In 2010, young women comprised almost half of the youth population ages 10 to 17. Data from self-report surveys suggest that young men and women ...

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