Study: Girls Committing More Crime

Study: Girls Committing More Crime

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(Salt Lake City-AP) -- Utah girls are getting into more trouble these days.

A study of the state's juvenile justice system found that the number of crimes committed by girls has risen dramatically during the past two decades, while the number committed by boys has fallen.

The study, done by the Utah League of Women Voters, also found that services designed to help juvenile offenders hasn't kept up with the increasing number of girls who get into trouble.

The study also shows that 43 percent of Utah kids will have some contact with the juvenile justice system by the time they reach 18. Nine percent will spend time in locked detention and nearly six percent will be under juvenile court probation.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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