Study sees drastic spike in young girls in city, BK detention facilities

BROOKLYN - A new report says more girls are winding up in city detention facilities, and it's a spike that is alarming some officials.An organization called the Citizen's Committee for Children says more than 1,000 girls under 16 entered juvenile detention facilities last year. It's a 34 percent increase from 1992 when the number was 772. The number of boys admitted has gone down 30 percent, from more than 5,000 to 4,000.Some experts point the finger for the increase at violent images in the media and increases in family violence that fuels combative behavior among girls. Others say the change is because authorities no longer view young girls as innocent across the board and are more willing to prosecute. Officials say some of the most high profile crimes have been committed by young girls. They say the murder of 11-year-old Queenie Washington in Brooklyn at the hands of her 9-year-old playmate is a prime example of that.

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