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Podcast: girls in the juvenile justice system
by LIZ WU

David Onek, senior fellow at the Berkeley Center for Criminal Justice, recently spoke with Gena Castro Rodriguez about the unique needs of girls in the juvenile justice system. Castro Rodriguez is the executive director of the Youth Justice Institute and has worked with youth in the juvenile justice system for the past 18 years. 

In this Criminal Justice Conversations podcast, Castro Rodriguez explains that girls have a very different experience with the juvenile justice system than boys. In particular:

  • Girls get involved in the juvenile justice system for, with, or because of another person (often a romantic partner)
  • Girls have multiple contact with the system, often working their way up to serious crime

Castro Rodriguez goes on to give advice for working with youth in the juvenile justice system, partnering with probation departments, and using data to improve programming. 

Click here to listen to the podcast.


Liz Wu is a Digital Accounts Manager at Prichard Communications, where she oversees digital outreach for Reclaiming Futures and edits Reclaiming Futures Every Day. Before joining the Prichard team, Liz established the West Coast communications presence for the New America Foundation, where she managed all media relations, event planning and social media outreach for their 6 domestic policy programs. Liz received a B.A. in both Peace and Conflict Studies and German from the University of California at Berkeley.