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“Gender Justice: National Medical Standards Needed For Girls In Detention”

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Girls have become the fastest growing segment of the juvenile justice population. Many of the girls in this population suffer from one or more serious physical or mental health problems. This edition of “On-the-Line” features an informative discussion about the National Girls Health Screen Project and the research that indicates there is a critical gap in juvenile correctional health services — the absence of national medical standards to address the physical and mental health needs of the growing numbers of girls incarcerated in America’s juvenile justice system.