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Criminal Girls and Girls in Youth Justice

in Justice for Girls?

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print December 2009 | ISBN: 9780226770048
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226770062 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226770062.003.0001
Criminal Girls and Girls in Youth Justice

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The laws governing youth justice in Canada and the United States, while initially quite similar, evolved differently over time. In the past ten years in the two countries, concerns about increased involvement of girls in crime — especially violent crime — have grown, with equality and equal opportunity cited as the culprits. However, credible evidence of a crime wave involving young girls is lacking. Another issue relates to how boys and girls are treated by the youth justice system in each country. This book explores the manner in which girls have been treated by the youth justice systems of Canada and the United States. It looks at the way girls' offending, in particular violent offending, has been discussed and portrayed both in the media and in traditional criminology. It also examines trends of girls' offending, drawing on both self-reported data and court data, to determine whether there is any evidence of a “girl crime wave.” The book also considers juvenile justice policy developments in both Canada and the United States, along with the impacts of such developments.

Keywords: crime wave; girls' offending; youth justice; Canada; United States; violent offending; criminology; boys; media

Chapter.  7131 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Criminal Law

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