Federal and State Partnerships
Investing in Girls: A 21st Century Strategy

Representing an important partnership between the Federal Government and several States and local jurisdictions, OJJDP's Comprehensive Strategy for Serious, Violent, and Chronic Juvenile Offenders (Wilson and Howell, 1993) helps communities develop a working blueprint for measurably reducing youthful offending (Howell, 1995). Several local pilot sites, including Jacksonville, FL, and San Diego, CA, have completed their strategic plans (a process that involves a communitywide needs assessment). These sites have identified girls in and on the edge of the juvenile justice system as representing one of the least-served juvenile justice populations. As a natural extension of the Comprehensive Strategy, Jacksonville, FL, the home of the PACE program (which by rigorous standards has been identified as a highly effective school-based program for girls), is moving to profile its juvenile female population with research support from NCCD. Further, PACE is working with State and local public and private agencies that serve youth and with NCCD to help design and develop a comprehensive continuum of services for girls and their families, including their children. San Diego County has also extended its Comprehensive Strategy plan to provide specialized programs and services for girls and will receive technical assistance from NCCD while it develops its programs. Based on its research-based profile of at-risk girls, the county has designed an intensive in-home component for girl offenders, which was recently funded by the California State Board of Corrections. Other jurisdictions receiving Federal support to develop a Comprehensive Strategy can now use these regions as prototypes for the design and implementation of girls' services.