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The Sexual Abuse to Prison Pipeline: the girls' story

Publish Date
July 2015

This report exposes the ways in which we criminalize girls in the United States— especially girls of color — who have been sexually and physically abused, and it offers policy recommendations to dismantle the abuse to prison pipeline. It illustrates the pipeline with examples, including the detention of girls who are victims of sex trafficking, girls who run away or become truant because of abuse they experience, and girls who cross into juvenile justice from the child welfare system. By illuminating both the problem and potential solutions, the authors hope to make the first step toward ending the cycle of victimization-to-imprisonment for marginalized girls.

Human Rights Project for Girls, Georgetown Law Center on Poverty and Inequality, Ms. Foundation for Women
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