Prison Industrial Complex

2 Prison Industrial Complex articles categorized as: Juvenile Justice

Beyond Gender-Specific Intervention: Theory-driven Praxis
by Laurie Schaffner


Laurie Schaffner’s essay challenges the ways that juvenile justice programs aim to help girls by working in ‘gender responsive’ ways. She claims these programs often do little besides training young girls to ‘have manners’ and ‘talk about their feelings,’ as opposed to critically understanding the ways in which gender functions. Schaffner suggests that gender-specific interventions should be responsive to young women’s lived realities, including experiences of racism and poverty.

Bill of Health Rights for Incarcerated Girls
by Health and Medicine Policy Research Group and Girl Talk


This bill of rights was created through a participatory research and action project by young women who were incarcerated in Cook County’s Juvenile Temporary Detention Center. It has been used to support young women’s work to improve conditions within the detention center.