The purpose of this brief is to understand the experiences of girls who become involved in Maine’s juvenile justice system. The data used for this report include four cohorts of girls who have had contact with the system between 2006 and 2011. The four cohorts are:
- Girls who were adjudicated for the first time and supervised by DJS between 2006-2011 (“First Adjudicated Supervised Youth”) (Table 1);
- Girls who were arrested between 2006 and 2011 (Table 2);
- Girls who were discharged from the Department of Corrections (supervision or detention) between 2006-2011(Table 3); and
- Girls who were committed to a youth development center between 2006-2011 (Table 4).
The purpose of this analysis is to: a. Compare the experiences and outcomes of girls to the experiences of boys, and b. Determine if the characteristics and experiences of girls in Maine are aligned with the literature about girls across the country.
Knight, Trish and Noréus, Becky, "Girls in the Maine Criminal Justice System – Special Bulletin (2013)" (2013). Maine Statistical Analysis Center. 17.