Understanding the Female Offender

  title={Understanding the Female Offender},
  author={Elizabeth Cauffman},
  journal={The Future of Children},
  pages={119 - 142}
  • E. Cauffman
  • Published 1 October 2008
  • Law
  • The Future of Children
Although boys engage in more delinquent and criminal acts than do girls, female delinquency is on the rise. In 1980, boys were four times as likely as girls to be arrested; today they are only twice as likely to be arrested. In this article, Elizabeth Cauffman explores how the juvenile justice system is and should be responding to the adolescent female offender.Cauffman begins by reviewing historical trends in arrest rates, processing, and juvenile justice system experiences of female offenders… 
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