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Breaking New Ground on the First Coast: Examining Girls’ Pathways into the Juvenile Justice System

The goal of this exploratory research was to hear from girls from the First Coast (Duval, Clay, Nassau, Baker, and St. Johns counties) who are in juvenile residential commitment programs in Florida, to better understand their common pathways into the system, their experiences with services, and their recommendations for improving the response to girls. The study is written from the perspective that girls are the experts of their own lives, and the Policy Center is committed to accurately portraying the voices and experiences of girls.