Tuesday, July 25, 2006
From orlandosentinel.com: Florida's juvenile-justice system locks up a higher percentage of underage girls than 46 other states, hands out stiffer punishment to girls than boys and doesn't provide the kind of treatment girls need, according to a National Council on Crime and Delinquency study released Tuesday.
Researchers interviewed 319 Florida girls in juvenile programs. They found:
- 49 percent were self-mutilators.
- 34 percent had attempted suicide.
- 35 percent were pregnant or had been.
- 46 percent had an alcohol or substance-abuse problem.
Those problems are at the root of many of the girls' crimes. In contrast, boys more frequently broke the law because of peer pressure or gang activity, Council President Krisberg said. The report concluded that Florida locks up too many girls -- 172 out of every 100,000 girls between the ages of 10 to 18 during 2003 -- when it should, instead, place some in home- or community-based programs.
Rest of Article. . . [Mark Godsey]