number and proportion of girls in the system has dramatically risen in recent
years, which presents a host of health, mental health, and programmatic
|•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
|•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.
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 referrals.
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 mental illness.
|•65% of youth had a dx of, or behavior,
suggesting a substance abuse disorder.