No Place to Hide: Understanding and Meeting the Needs of Girls in the California Juvenile Justice System

July 17, 1998

In this NCCD study, 200 adolescent girls were given an in depth interview in four detention centers in California.  Implications regarding family fragmentation, histories of victimization inside and outside the juvenile justice system, physical and mental health issues, separation of incarcerated mothers from their children, widespread school failure, vulnerabilities of early adolescence, offense histories, and resiliency are discussed. Acoca, L. and K. Dedel. (1998). No Place to Hide: Understanding and Meeting the Needs of Girls in the California Juvenile Justice System. San Francisco, CA: National Council on Crime and Delinquency.