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NCJRS Celebrates National Library Week April 12-18

National Library Week

Started in 1958, National Library Week is a nationwide observance celebrated by all types of libraries - including the NCJRS Virtual Library. NCJRS invites you to explore the breadth and scope of the NCJRS Virtual Library collection and services. With more than 220,000 collection documents and 60,000 online resources, including all known Office of Justice Programs works, it is one of the world’s largest criminal justice special collections.

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NCJ Number: NCJ 241474     Find in a Library
Title: Representing Girls in the Juvenile Justice System
  Document URL: PDF 
Corporate Author: North Carolina Office of the Juvenile Defender
United States of America
Date Published: 08/2012
Page Count: 10
  Annotation: After reviewing research on girls in the juvenile justice system, this paper suggests best practices and strategies for defense counsel in representing girls in the juvenile justice system.
Abstract: The research review addresses findings regarding the percentages of girls in the juvenile justice system, their racial percentages, their sexual orientation, and offense types. Research on risk factors and obstacles faced by girls in the juvenile justice system focuses on childhood abuse, physical health, mental health disorders, family relationship, peer and romantic relationships, education and school maladjustment, neighborhoods, and early puberty. Regarding legal representation of girls in the juvenile justice system, the paper advises that although girls have needs, histories, and health issues that distinguish them from boy offenders, each girl has personal characteristics that determine defense strategy, including race, culture, socioeconomic status, and other distinctive characteristics. Advice to defense counsel in representing girls in a juvenile justice forum address interviews/communication, referrals and charging decisions, detention, disposition and commitment to a youth development center, and post-disposition. 84 notes
Main Term(s): Female juvenile delinquents
Index Term(s): Defense counsel ; Defense preparation ; Defense counsel effectiveness ; Gender issues ; Violent females ; North Carolina
Sale Source: North Carolina Office of the Juvenile Defender
United States of America
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Country: United States of America
Language: English
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