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Justice for Girls?: Stability and Change in the Youth Justice Systems of the United States and Canada

Jane B. Sprott and Anthony N. Doob


For over a century, as women have fought for and won greater freedoms, concern over an epidemic of female criminality, especially among young women, has followed. Fear of this crime wave — despite a persistent lack of evidence of its existence — has played a decisive role in the development of the youth justice systems in the United States and Canada. This book is a comprehensive comparative study of the way these countries have responded to the hysteria over “girl crime” and how it has affected the treatment of both girls and boys. Tackling a century of historical evidence and crime statistic ... More

Keywords: female criminality, girl crime, youth justice systems, United States, Canada, young offenders, rehabilitation, crime wave, boys, girls

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780226770048
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226770062.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jane B. Sprott, author

Anthony N. Doob, author