2006_10_jdccc.jpgThe Citizens' Committee for Children issued a report yesterday showing a marked increase in girls entering juvenile detention. Between 1990 and 2005, the percentage of girls going into juvenile detention rose from 11% to 20%, while the the number of boys going to juvenile detention, though, has dropped (4,023 entered last year, compared with 5,769 in 1992).

The Daily News reports that there may be a couple of factors leading to this. One may be a new willingness to prosecute the girls. Another is how "media images of aggressive women like Angelina Jolie's characters in 'Tomb Raider' and 'Mr. and Mrs. Smith" can "fuel combative behavior." And then there's domestic violence at home, which can lead to crime.

The CCC's Gail Nayowith called the situation a "quiet crisis." She said, "We need to find out what's going on with these girls, why they are getting into trouble. We need to understand what their needs are," citing the fact that the juvenile justice system has been focused on dealing with male offenders and the lack of programs and services to help young females in the system. You can read the CCC's report here (PDF).