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Girls in the Juvenile Justice System
(NCJ 251486) May 2019
OJJDP National Report Series, Bulletin, 24 page(s)
Samantha Ehrmann, Nina Hyland, and Charles Puzzanchera
 
This bulletin presents statistics covering girls' involvement in the juvenile justice system from arrest through residential placement. The findings show that arrests involving girls fell by more than 50% between 2006 and 2015. In 2015, law enforcement agencies in the United States made an estimated 921,600 arrests of persons younger than age 18. Girls accounted for 269,900 of those arrests, or less than one-third; however, their involvement varied by offense. Females accounted for a relatively large share of youth arrests involving larceny-theft (40 percent), liquor law violations (40 percent), simple assault (37 percent), and disorderly conduct (35 percent). In comparison, females accounted for a small share of murder (6 percent) and robbery (11 percent) youth arrests.
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