Violence among teenage girls in Boston has increased, and advocates say the criminal justice system has not developed programs to deal with the trend, deepening an already significant crisis, reports the Boston Globe. ”It’s alarming, and we have to pay attention,” said Sandra McCroom, executive director of Roxbury Youthworks, Inc., a community organization that helps troubled teenagers. ”Young women are crying out for help.”
The number of girls arraigned in Dorchester District Court for violent crimes increased from 120 in 2000 to 196 in 2004. During the same period, the number of girls arraigned for all crimes rose from 197 to 320. The number of girls in the custody of the state Department of Youth Services increased from 169 in January 1995 to 442 on May 1.