Violence & Criminalization
It is impossible to have a conversation about young women in conflict with the law without addressing their early histories as survivors of sexual violence – the Girl’s Prison Pipeline. Once enmeshed with the juvenile justice system, girls continue to be exposed to various forms of violence, including systemic violence.
It costs over $80,000 per year to incarcerate a young person in Illinois. Here you will find data about girls’ arrest rates and commitments to juvenile detention in Cook County and Illinois.
Issues & Needs
What are the key concerns for girls in custody? This section looks at challenges that girls face before juvenile detention, as well as challenges they face while institutionalized. It also includes data about the high rates of sexual victimization of girls in juvenile detention in Illinois.
Young women in juvenile detention need support from women and girls. Learn here about programs that harness the power of volunteers to support these young women and build their resilience.