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Gender-Specific Services for Delinquent Girls Vary Across Programs, But Help Reduce Recidivism, Report No. 05-13, March 2005
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  • The Legislature has directed that Department of Juvenile Justice programs provide gender-specific services to delinquent youth.  This report identifies gender-specific practices for residential commitment programs in seven key areas. 
  • Residential programs for delinquent girls currently vary in the extent to which they meet these criteria.  While no single program meets all gender-specific practices, many substantially meet the criteria in several key areas.  Programs with the strongest gender-specific services appear to be most successful in reducing recidivism. 
  • Overall, most residential programs meet gender-specific practices for mental health, physical safety, and health and hygiene.  However, most programs are weak in the areas of relationships and emotional safety, social and educational programming, staff hiring and training, and program design and evaluation.
  • The department has implemented gender-specific contracts for girls’ residential programs and now needs to provide training and revise its contract monitoring and quality assurance procedures to ensure that these requirements are being met.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Residential Correctional Facilities
Department of Juvenile Justice

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 10-42 Steps Taken to Improve Juvenile Justice Direct-Care Staff Screening and Training,published in May 2010.
  • Report No. 06-41 Health and Hygiene Costs Higher for Girls’ Juvenile Justice Residential Programs, published in April 2006.
  • Report No. 06-34 Redirection as Effective as Residential Delinquency Programs, Achieved Substantial Cost Avoidance, published in March 2006.
  • Report No. 06-13 Effective Community Programs Could Reduce Commitments of Girls to Residential Programs, published in February 2006.

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