The Sexual Abuse to Prison Pipeline: The Girls’ Story

This report exposes the ways in which the current system criminalizes girls–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, it hopes to make the first step toward ending the cycle of victimization-to-imprisonment for marginalized girls.

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