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Girls in the Juvenile Justice System

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This bulletin presents statistics on girls’ involvement in the juvenile justice system from arrest through residential placement. The findings show that arrests involving girls fell by more than 50 percent between 2006 and 2015. Moreover, the number of delinquency cases, petitioned status cases, and residential placements involving girls were at their lowest levels since the 1990s. Females, however, accounted for a relatively large share of youth arrests involving larceny-theft, simple assault, and disorderly conduct.