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Girls and Weapons Offenses
Few juveniles are arrested, detained or incarcerated for weapons offenses. Girls' arrests, admissions to detention, and commitments to corrections for weapons offenses were more likely than boys' to be for misdemeanors.
Arrests for weapons offenses
Few juveniles were arrested for weapons offenses as their most serious offense. Girls' arrests were less likely to be for serious weapons offenses.
In 2007, weapons arrests accounted for 1 percent of all girls' arrests (n=103), and 2 percent of boys' arrests (n=790). Girls' weapons arrests were less likely to be a felony offense than boys'. Thirty-four percent of girls' weapons arrests (n=35) were felonies, while 60 percent of boys' weapons arrests were felonies (n=477). Conversely, the majority (66 percent) of female weapons arrests were misdemeanors (n=68), compared to 40 percent of male arrests (n=313).
Detention admissions for weapons offenses
Girls had a smaller proportion of admissions to detention for weapons offenses (n= 29 or 1 percent) than boys (n= 683 or 5 percent).
The proportion of admissions for weapons offenses decreased for both boys (12 percent) and girls (4 percent) between 2002 and 2007. The rate of admissions for weapons offenses decreased 17 percent for girls and 15 percent for boys during that same time period.
Commitments to corrections for weapons offenses
Few juveniles were committed for weapons offenses; however, girls' commitments to corrections were less likely to be for weapons offenses.
For girls, in FY04, 2 percent of all commitments were for weapons offenses (n=4). Boys had a higher proportion of weapons offense commitments-7 percent of all commitments (n=107) were for weapons offenses.
Half of the girls' commitments to IDOC for weapons offenses were for felonies (n=2) and half were for misdemeanors (n=2). Ninety-five percent of boys' weapons commitments were felonies (n=102), and 5 percent were misdemeanors (n=5). However, since so few girls were committed for weapons offenses, it is not possible to know if the higher proportion of girls committed for felonies is a meaningful difference.
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