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Most Incarcerated Girls Have Experienced Abuse, Says TN Juvenile Court

The juvenile court in Davidson County is spearheading an effort to reduce the number of girls and gender-nonconforming young people who end up behind bars.
The court is emphasizing a trauma-informed approach, as part of the Initiative to End Girls’ Incarceration by the Vera Institute of Justice, which aims to meet its goal nationwide within the next decade.
Kathryn Sinback is a juvenile court administrator with the county who says girls tend to be pulled into criminal activity perpetrated by boys, or are sexually exploited by gangs.
According to the Vera Institute, girls make up 55% of children nationwide who are taken to court specifically for running away. Many girls run away from home to escape sexual abuse and unstable home life.
She adds that nationwide, more than 80% of girls in the juvenile justice system have been sexually or physically abused.

Picture: Recent reforms have shrunk the annual number of girls’ detentions to less than 46,000 nationwide from nearly 100,000 in the early 2000s, according to the Vera Institute for Justice. (Adobe Stock)

Lucky Knott

Lucky Knott

One of Southern Tennessee's most experienced and recognized news broadcasters and play-by-play sportscasters. Current news director for On Target News and manager of Rooster 101.5 FM. Knott can be heard on 93.9 The Duck, The Rooster 101.5 and Whiskey Country 105.1 and 95.9. Lucky has done play-by-play for over 3,445 sports events on Radio & TV. He also served 4 years as the Public Information Officer for the Coffee Co. Sheriff's Dept. and taught Radio/TV for 6 years at Grundy County High School.

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