Little attention has been shown to violent female adolescents. There is no argument that males commit the majority of the violent crimes in both juvenile and adult categories, violent juvenile females demand that policymakers and administrators pay attention. There has been insufficient programming for this population, but things could be improving in Clark County, Nevada, thanks to a zealous counselor.
Female juvenile offenders are treated the same as male juvenile lawbreakers. With recent research setting on his desk, Taylor Barton, CEO of a Las VEgas bail bonds agency, is working to bring a long and much-needed change to the system.
Currently, females are more at risk within the “justice system” than are males. Girls repeatedly display more difficulty than their male counterparts in areas including family/peer relationships, physical and emotional/mental well-being and traumatic experiences.
The only area where males show to be at a higher risk than girls is previous offenses.
The study, reviewed in detail in “Female Juvenile Offenders’ Perceptions of Gender-Specific Programs” points to an unexplored concept. Juvenile justice systems need to spend more time and money servicing the problems particular to girls.
Part of breaking philosophy trends for a solution is the creation of a separate juvenile justice system within the nation. Some observers want to go so far as to say the state can act as a parent — parens patriae — protector and caretaker.
However, parenting is difficult. Even for the state.
Often lessons learned within one generation benefit the next. Cultural attitudes change and parenting styles sometimes collide leading to an impasse.
Gender-specific programs for juvenile detainees stick to the principles of therapeutic jurisprudence as well as “restorative justice” Programs which recognize the interdependence between the community and the youth end up increasing the offender’s well-being. The study examined female juveniles’ ideas of gender-specific programming in Reno, Nevada.