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Health and Hygiene Costs Higher for Girls’ Juvenile Justice Residential Programs, Report No. 06-41, April 2006
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  • While there is limited data available, most juvenile justice providers report that their costs for serving females are higher than their costs for serving males.  The Department of Corrections has similarly documented higher per diem and medical costs for female inmates.
  • A full comparison of costs for serving male and female juvenile offenders is not possible because providers use different accounting methods and systems.  However, the limited data that is available from the Department of Juvenile Justice and the private providers that serve both boys and girls indicate that girls’ programs have higher expenses for health care and hygiene products.  There was no clear difference between girls’ and boys’ programs in staff overtime and clothing costs.
  • On average, the per diem rate for juvenile residential programs is $3 less for girls than boys in low-risk programs, $9 more for girls in moderate-risk programs, and about the same in high-risk programs.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Residential Correctional Facilities

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 05-13 OPPAGA Report: Gender-Specific Services for Delinquent Girls Vary Across Programs, But Help Reduce Recidivism, published in March 2005.

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