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Gender-Specific Services for Delinquent Girls Vary Across Prevention, Detention, and Probation Programs, Report No. 05-56, December 2005
 
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  • Department of Juvenile Justice prevention, detention, and probation programs for delinquent girls vary in the degree to which they meet the Legislature’s directive to provide gender-specific services. 
  • Contracted prevention programs appear to meet most gender-specific criteria, but the department should revise its scoring criteria for awarding prevention grant funds to address gender specificity. 
  • Detention facilities vary in the extent of gender-specific services provided; the department should better train detention staff how to communicate with and meet the needs of delinquent girls. 
  • Probation services are not designed to be gender-specific.  Probation officers, parents, and girls on probation assert that more mental health and substance abuse treatment services are needed in these community-based programs.  Many girls in these programs have histories of abuse and mental health disorders that have contributed to their delinquency.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Department of Juvenile Justice - Detention
Probation and Community Corrections
Prevention and Victim Services

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 06-13 Effective Community Programs Could Reduce Commitments of Girls to Residential Programs, published in February 2006.
  • Report No. 05-46 OPPAGA Report: Qualifications, Screening, Salaries, and Training Affect Quality and Turnover of Juvenile Justice Employees, published in September 2005.

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