Incarcerated Girls Reader

Suggested Reading


Beyond Bad Girls: Gender, Violence, & Hype by Meda Chesney-Lind and Katherine Irwin

Girls in Trouble with the Law by Laurie Schaffner


Determining What Works for girls in the Juvenile Justice System: A Summary of Evaluation Evidence by Zahn, Day, Mihalic & Tichavsky (2009)

Engendering the Agenda: Girls, Young Women & Youth Justice by Sharpe & Geldthorpe (2009)

Girls in Detention: The Results of Focus Group Discussions, Interviews, & Official Records Review by Kakar, Friedmann, & Peck (2002)

Juveniles in Detention: How Do Girls Differ From Boys by Alemagno, Shaffer-King, & Hammel (2006)

Racial & Ethnic Disparities in Girls’ Sentencing in the Juvenile Justice System by Lori D. Moore and Irene Padavic (2010)

Urban African American Girls at Risk: An Exploratory Study of Service Needs & Provision by Brubaker & Fox (2010)


Crime and Incarceration among Girls and Young Women in Illinois and Chicago by Mariame Kaba

Examining at-risk and delinquent girls in Illinois by Lindsay Bostwick and Jessica Ashley

The Status of Girls in Illinois by Mariame Kaba, Melissa Spatz, and Michelle VanNatta

Other helpful resources and links

The Girls Study Group

The Girl Prison Pipeline: A Fact Sheet by the Rebecca Project

Impact: A Multidisciplinary Journal Addressing Issues of Urban Youth, Volume 2 Number 2, Fall 2008

Incarcerated Women Talk About What Girls in the System Need

Sexual Violence, Girls and the Juvenile Justice System: A Fact Sheet by the Rebecca Project

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