GIRLS Goes Behind Bars

GIRLS Goes Behind Bars

Girls in Real Life Situations [GIRLS] is being referenced in the Girl Scouts Beyond Bars facilitator’s guide to be used by staff and volunteers when implementing a counseling program serving girls with incarcerated mothers.

The Girl Scouts Beyond Bars (GSBB) Initiative was established in partnership with the National Institute of Justice. The goals of GSBB are to lessen the impact of parental separation on girls who may be at-risk.

Girl Scouts Beyond Bars led the way to Girl Scouting in Detention Centers (GSDC), a program established in the 1990s for girls who have been adjudicated, are wards of the court, or are court-referred delinquents. GSDC is the only gender-specific program in the United States to serve girls in detention.

Did you know?

  • From 1995 to 2005, the number of women in prison nationwide increased by 57%.
  • Approximately 75% of incarcerated women are mothers, and two-thirds have children under 18.
  • Girls under the age of 18 have become the fastest growing segment of the juvenile justice population, despite the overall drop in juvenile crime.

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