Data Trends by Topic
The Delores Barr Weaver Policy Center’s 3-year data analysis reveals a significant reduction in the number of girls incarcerated on the First Coast and reveals issues that warrant attention, such as continued disparities for girls in commitment for non-law violation of probation and high mental health needs. The trends provide context to understand the lived experience of girls and is documented in research launched in 2015 Breaking New Ground on the First Coast: Examining Girls’ Pathways into the Juvenile Justice System research. Click here to see the publication’s Fact Sheet.
This was the first publication by the Policy Center to highlight the trends of girls’ involvement along the juvenile justice continuum in Florida (arrest, diversion, detention, probation, commitment and transfer to adult system). It also identifies the current disparities for girls and young women that warrant immediate attention and immediate action with specific attention to trends in the First Coast. These include the arrest and incarceration of girls for non-felonies at higher rates than boys, commitments for violations of probation, and the needs of girls that require a different approach.