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Filmmakers’ Web site: GIRL TROUBLE
Visit the filmmakers’ Web site and get links to girls’ organizations and ways to help girls in your community.

Walden House
Read about the girls-only rehabilitation program Project SisterKin, which treated Shangra and Shiela in GIRL TROUBLE, and explore other programs offered by this San Francisco-based drug and alcohol treatment center. Also find client profiles, information on staff and ways to help.

The Center for Young Women’s Development
Meet the current staff of the San Francisco-based Center featured in GIRL TROUBLE. Read girls’ success stories and delve deeper into Sisters Rising and other programs created by those who have found a way to get out of the juvenile justice system without leaving their sisters behind. Turning Pain into Power: Woman Gets ‘Genius’ Grant for Work with Troubled Girls
Read this October 2003 story from The Chronicle of Philanthropy about Lateefah Simon, written after she won the prestigious $500,000 MacArthur Foundation Fellowship. Simon talks about the journey of The Center for Young Women’s Development and being an advocate for women in the system.


Girls and Juvenile Justice

Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention: Statistical Briefing Book
Get an array of statistics and information on youth in the juvenile justice system at this U.S. Department of Justice site, including links to FBI arrest statistics and a Juvenile Justice Prevention Guide. Visit the Glossary to explore the language and terms of the juvenile justice system.

NPR: All Things Considered: Girls and the Juvenile Justice System
Listen to this five-part 2003 National Public Radio series on “the harsh and difficult realities young girls face as they battle the complex justice system in the U.S.”

ABC NEWS: In a System Designed for Boys, Girls Are Often Neglected
Read this 2005 story based on an Ohio State University study of juveniles detained by authorities exposing how “profound differences between girls and boys” affect the juvenile justice system.

Bureau of Justice Statistics: Online Sourcebook, 2003
This regularly updated resource, created by the U.S. Department of Justice and the Bureau of Justice Statistics, includes information on aspects of the criminal justice system, including characteristics and distribution of persons arrested, public attitudes toward crime and the judicial processing of defendants.

Center on Juvenile & Criminal Justice: Girls in the Juvenile System
This section of the resource-rich online home of the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice includes research and statistics about girls in the juvenile justice system, a profile of the typical female delinquent and links to organizations that work with girls in the system.

Building Blocks for Youth: Girls in the Juvenile Justice System
Building Blocks for Youth—an organization that studies the impact of the justice system on youth of color—offers a section on girls highlighting key studies and resources.

National Mental Health Association: Mental Health and Adolescent Girls in the Justice System
Get information about mental health issues for adolescent girls in the juvenile justice system in this report, which outlines treatment needs for girls in the system who often suffer from high rates of mental health problems, including substance abuse, sexual abuse and trauma.

ERIC Clearinghouse on Urban Education Digest: Girls and Violence
Read about current research on girls' delinquent and violent behavior, contributing factors and effective programming strategies for prevention in this digest created by Teachers College at Columbia University.



Girls, Delinquency and Juvenile Justice
by Meda Chesney-Lind and Randall G. Shelden

(Wadsworth, 2003)
Compelling first-hand accounts, research and theory are incorporated into this groundbreaking book—the first devoted solely to the topic of female delinquency and the treatment of young girls by the juvenile justice system.

The Female Offender: Girls, Women and Crime, Second Edition
by Meda Chesney-Lind and Lisa Pasko
(Sage Publications, 2003)
Chesney-Lind, pioneer in the development of the feminist theoretical perspective in criminology, co-authors this examination of the gender and cultural factors that often lead to criminal behavior by women. The book also addresses public discomfort with the idea of women as criminals, and how it impacts their treatment in the system.

Girls, Women, and Crime: Selected Readings
edited by Meda Chesney-Lind and Lisa Pasko
(Sage Publications 2003)
A compilation of journal articles by leading researchers in the field of criminology and women’s studies addressing four major areas: theories of female criminality, literature on female juvenile delinquents, women as offenders and women in prison.

Teenage Runaways: Broken Hearts and "Bad Attitudes"
by Laurie Schaffner
(Haworth Press, 1999)
Find out why teenagers leave home for a life on the streets in this report on a qualitative study of 26 teenage runaways living in a New England shelter. The book includes first-hand accounts from runaway teens.



An Age of Reason: Paradoxes in Legal Constructions of Adulthood,
International Journal of Children Rights, 10: 201-232, 2002

Chapter Eight: Capturing Girls' Experiences of Community Violence,
edited by Christine Alder and Anne Worral, Girls Violence: Myths and Realities, SUNY Press, 2003

Violence and Female Delinquency: Gender Transgressions and Gender Invisibility,
Berkeley Women's Law Journal, Volume 14, Spring 1999: 40-65

Do Bad Girls Get a Bum Rap? Sexual Solutions and State Interventions,
edited by Sherrie Inness, Millenium Girls: Today's Girls and Their Cultures,
Rowman and Littlefield, 1998:269-295

Female Juvenile Delinquency: Sexual Solutions and Gender Bias in Juvenile Justice,
Hasting Women's Law Journal, Volume 9, No. 1, (Winter 1997) 1-27

Families on Probation: Court-Ordered Parenting Skills Classes for Parents of Juvenile Offenders, Crime and Delinquency, 43 (4) 1997: 412-437




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