Friday, May 3, 2013
Francine T. Sherman (Boston College - Law School) has posted Making Detention Reform Work for Girls: A Guide to Juvenile Detention Reform (Annie E. Casey Foundation Juvenile Detention Alternatives Practice Guides, No. 5, 2013) on SSRN. Here is the abstract:
Throughout the nation, court-involved girls frequently pose minimal risk to public safety but suffer with significant social service needs. Data on detention utilization show that girls are being disproportionately detained for misdemeanors, status offenses and technical violations of probation and parole. In short, many girls enter detention for the wrong reasons and many remain in detention for extended periods harmful to them and contrary to best practice.
This practice guide responds to a call from both mature and new sites from within the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI) network, which continue to find that effectively serving and supervising girls is among the most difficult issues in detention reform.