Gender gap in juvenile justice

Girls come into the state's juvenile justice system with more troubled backgrounds than boys - and needing more help. But they wind up facing a double standard: Girls are committed more often than boys for low-level offenses and generally are held longer than boys.

History of physical abuse

History of sexual abuse

High mental health need

High need of family services

History of neglect

Screened positive for sex trafficking (since 2013)

Committed for misdemeanors

Average length of stay*

* Data from J. DeWeese Carter Youth Center for females and Victor Cullen Center for males.

Source: Maryland Department of Juvenile Services

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