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NCJJ Releases New Data Snapshot on Trends and Characteristics of Girls in the Juvenile Justice System

January 23, 2018

The purpose of the Data Snapshot series is to disseminate current research about youth in the juvenile justice system. Each one-page Snapshot focuses on a specific topic and highlights policy-relevant findings. NCJJ and OJJDP have released a new Data Snapshot to highlight trends and characteristics of girls at various stages in the juvenile justice system.

  • Following the larger relative decline in arrests of boys, the proportion of juvenile arrests involving girls has grown in the last 2 decades.
  • Simple assault and larceny-theft offenses accounted for nearly half of all female delinquency cases handled in 2014. 
  • Delinquency cases involving girls in 2014 were more likely to be diverted or receive probation than cases involving boys.
  • In 2015, status offenses and technical violations were more common for females in placement than for males. 

Download the Data Snapshot from the Statistical Briefing Book:

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This Data Snapshot was adapted from the forthcoming bulletin “Girls in the Juvenile Justice System,” which will be released later this year. 

Check out the full list of Data Snapshots available from the Statistical Briefing Book 

Developed for OJJDP by the National Center for Juvenile Justice, the Statistical Briefing Book (SBB) provides timely and reliable statistical answers to the most frequently asked questions from policymakers, the media, and the general public. In addition, the data analysis and dissemination tools available through SBB give users quick and easy access to detailed statistics on a variety of juvenile justice topics.