The number and proportion of girls in the system has dramatically
risen in recent years, which presents a host of health, mental health, and
•Fla. arrest rate for juvenile girls is 76% higher than
that of the rest of the country (1,259 per 100,000 vs. 716 per 100,000).
•38,000 referrals for girls.
•Girls have grown to represent 30% of all youth referred,
18% of those incarcerated/committed (vs. 24% and 10% in 1992), and 6% of all
youth transferred to adult court.
There is a disproportionate number of minorities in the JJ
system, especially AA youth, and the disproportion grows worse the deeper in
the system one goes.
•Black youth make up 21% of the population, but 52% of all
We must do a better job of meeting the mental health and physical
needs of youth in the JJ system.
•49% of youth in commitment programs have been dx w/ some
form of mental illness, and another 14% demonstrate behavior that suggests
•65% of youth had a dx of, or behavior, suggesting a
substance abuse disorder.