Female Juvinile Delinquency In The Juvenile Justice System

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Female juvenile delinquency is an aspect of the juvenile justice system which has been left untouched for decades; in fact the majority of the research done on juvenile delinquency was solely dedicated towards male delinquency. But just recently, researchers began studying female juvenile delinquency and the causes behind their behavior. In 2003 “the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention awarded a grant to the North Carolina Research Triangle Institute to study female delinquency and its consequences” (Bartollas 71). Based on the institutes research it is clear that female delinquent behavior directly correlates with various biological, physiological, and sociological factors; knowing this information will be helpful in developing…show more content…
Knowing more about the typical female juvenile offender gave the justice system a better understanding of possible causes behind female youth delinquency. According to Clemens Bartollas, the typical female youth offender is: 13 to 18 years old, has experienced academic failure, truancy and dropping out [of school], has a history of repeated victimization, especially physical, sexual, and emotional abuse, [comes] from an unstable family background that includes involvement in the criminal justice system, lack of connectedness, and social isolation, has a history of unhealthy dependent relationships, especially with older males, has mental health issues, including a history of substance abuse, and is apt to be a member of a community of color. (71) Of these characteristics one in particular stood out in Cauffman’s report; she stated that “victimization during childhood or adolescence is a risk factor for both male and female offending but is a stronger predictor among females” (131). Although many of these characteristics are present in both male and female youths’ daily lives, many of the characteristics are different “in terms of intensity for girls” (Bartollas 71). Much like Cauffman stated about victimization, some of these characteristics are better predictors for female delinquency than male
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