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What About Girls in Indiana’s Juvenile Justice System?
Indiana’s Gender-Relevant Programming Initiative was designed to address the question “What about girls in Indiana’s juvenile justice system?” by employing comprehensive research to identify the unique programs and service needs of 10 to 17 year-old girls involved in or at-risk of becoming involved in the state’s juvenile justice system. The final study design developed by the Youth and Research Divisions of the Institute, in collaboration with the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis, included (a) an analysis of state and national data to identify gender differences in delinquency pathways, (b) focus groups investigating the unique needs and experiences of at-risk and delinquent girls from the perspectives of girls, women who were involved in the juvenile justice system as girls, and the professionals who work with them, and (c) a statewide survey assessing the gender-relevant needs of youth from the perspective of juvenile justice professionals and youth service providers.
Publication on Indiana's Safe Haven Programs
Tragic events occurring in our nation’s schools since the mid-1990s have heightened awareness of school safety needs. Fortunately for the citizens of Indiana, state leaders have made school safety and the welfare of our students top priorities by taking proactive steps designed to continually evaluate and improve the safety of Indiana schools. Accomplishments of Safe Haven Programs During the 1999-2000 School Year: A Report to the Governor, the Legislature, and Indiana Schools describes the activities and accomplishments of Safe Haven programs funded during the 1999-00 school year. A section highlighting accomplishments of Countywide School Safety Commissions is also included.