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Are Young Girls ‘More Severely Punished’ Than Boys?

The number of incarcerated juvenile girls is rising, and reformers blame a ‘paternalistic’ court system that treats them differently from young boys. “If incarceration is truly a matter of public safety, you would see very few girls in that system,” says Boston attorney Francine Sherman, whose 2015 report, “Gender Injustice,” will be the focus of an upcoming Washington meeting.