An area of growth for us is our statewide advocacy efforts.
Our most vulnerable girls – those who face poverty, sexual abuse and/or violence at home – are increasingly entering the state’s juvenile justice system, where they do not receive the gender-responsive services that research shows can best meet their significant needs. This trend is unlikely to change until, as a community, we address root economic inequities and violence in tandem with court reform. When girls are trapped in poverty and abusive situations, this can lead to court involvement. When they lack access to high-quality, girl-focused programs, cycles of recidivism are more likely. We also believe this approach will not only change the trajectory for our most vulnerable girls; it will help ensure that all girls can thrive – an imperative for our state.
We use data to increase the visibility of the coalition with other girl-focused efforts in the state, leveraging relationships and interested stakeholders.
Our Coalition is currently reviewing reforms that could address the following areas:
- Warrants and detention stays for running away
- Detention stays for probation violations, particularly those related to no contact orders
- Custody arrests for domestic violence and detention booking policies
- Funding for truancy and at-risk youth programming to prevent justice-involvement