What About Girls?

From: Gae Broadwater (gbroadwater@gwmail.kysu.edu)
Date: Wed May 05 1999 - 09:26:42 EDT

What About Girls? Females and the Juvenile Justice System

The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)
is pleased to announce the latest in its continuing series of
satellite and video teleconferences designed to provide
up-to-date information on promising programs and key trends in
combating juvenile crime and helping youth at risk of

What About Girls? Females and the Juvenile Justice System will be
aired on Monday, May 24, 1999, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET.

Increasing juvenile female arrests and the involvement of girls
in at-risk and delinquent behavior has become a pervasive
nationwide trend. According to the National Center for Juvenile
Justice, females accounted for 26 percent of the juvenile arrests
reported for 1997. The juvenile Violent Crime Index arrest rate
for females more than doubled between 1987 and 1994, then fell in
each of the next 3 years. The growth in juvenile violent crime
arrest rates between 1987 and 1994 was far greater for females
than for males, and the decline after 1994 was less for females
than males. The female violent crime arrest rate for 1997 was 103
percent above the 1981 rate, while the male arrest rate was 27
percent above the 1981 level.

State and local juvenile justice agencies must be better prepared
to meet the unique needs of at-risk girls and female juvenile
offenders. At OJJDP's upcoming satellite videoconference,
nationally recognized experts and providers will discuss
gender-specific services that address those needs. Teleconference
objectives include providing a forum for issues concerning female
offenders in the juvenile justice system, examining various
approaches and promising program models for girls, and
identifying available resource material that supports
gender-specific programming. The promising programs reviewed
during this telecast include the PACE Center for Girls of
Jacksonville, FL; an initiative of the Pulaski County Juvenile
Court, Little Rock, AR; and the Harriet Tubman Residential Center
of Auburn, NY.

The broadcast is designed for State and local juvenile justice
professionals, policymakers, judges, law enforcement officials,
youth service providers, youth program administrators, and others
seeking to implement prevention and intervention programs which
promote safe, healthy and productive youth.


Registration is free. If you are interested in coordinating and
facilitating a downlink site in your community, please contact
Ms. Becky Ritchie, Juvenile Justice Telecommunications Assistance
Project(JJTAP), 606-622-6671 (telephone) or beckytrc@iclub.org

To view the program, you should identify a facility with a
steerable satellite dish. The broadcast will be available on
C-Band and Ku-band. Agencies to contact in your community to
schedule a viewing site are cooperative extension offices,
community colleges, local school systems, universities, and local
cable television companies.

Viewers are encouraged to videotape the broadcast for future use.
No rights are reserved by OJJDP or JJTAP, its contractor. This
broadcast will be closed-captioned.

Forwarded by gbroadwater@gwmail.kysu.edu

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