Detention of Juvenile Girls Increasing, Report Finds

The number of girls detained in juvenile facilities and jails has increased over the past decade, even though more than half are held for minor offenses such as skipping school, breaking curfews or running away from home. According to a new report from the Georgetown Center on Poverty, Inequality and Public Policy, the more than 300,000 girls arrested and charged each year make up the fastest-growing segment of the juvenile justice system. A huge proportion of these girls have experienced family dysfunction or abuse, and offenses against the family are another major cause of lockups.