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New York State Girls' Justice Initiative (GJI)

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2016, $267,262)

The FY 2016 Reducing Reliance on Confinement and Improving Community-Based Responses for Girls at Risk of Entering the Juvenile Justice System will strengthen and expand the use of community-based and gender and culturally responsive programs for girls and promote the development of girls and their individual strengths.

The New York State Girls’ Justice Initiative (GJI) will address the documented criminalization of girls’ behaviors, including those related to status offenses and technical violations of probation that too often reflect trauma-induced responses, and the need to implement gender-specific, trauma-informed policies and programs for girls-at-risk or involved with the juvenile justice system. The plan will be informed by the identification of gender-specific, trauma-informed best practices for identifying and addressing trauma, status offenses, orders of probation, technical violations of probation, status offenses, and the patterns of girls’ confinement. GJI will improve community-based responses by creating a more comprehensive community-based continuum of care for girls, specifically including school-justice partnerships that reduce disparate suspensions and peer-to-peer advocacy to promote greater access to comprehensive set of needed responses using a trauma-informed framework, and address policies that detrimentally affect girls, including mandatory domestic violence arrests.

Date Created: September 16, 2016