Gender Responsiveness in the Juvenile Justice System
Group: Maine Department of Corrections
Gender responsive programming works to find the cause of the girls’ status offenses and help them to overcome them. If the status offense is substance abuse, for example, gender responsive programming is designed to deal with the emotional or familial problems that cause the girl to use in the first place. More importantly, gender responsive programming in facilities works on these problems when a girl is first committed, not just when they are detained for violations. If we can eliminate the problems or stressors that cause a girl to use drugs or run away before we release them back into the community, the rate of recidivism will drop.
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