Gendered Due Process of Juvenile Justice

14 Pages Posted: 1 Jun 2017

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Annette Ruth Appell

Washington University in St. Louis - School of Law

Date Written: May 13, 2017


Juvenile courts process, adjudicate, and dispose children and families when children come to the attention of the executive and judicial arms of the state via the child protection system (CP) or the juvenile delinquency system (JJ). Of these two dockets the juveniles on the JJ docket are disproportionately populated by boys; while the parents on the CP docket are disproportionately mothers. Despite their co-location, these two dockets provide different and gendered justice wherein children in the children in the JJ system affords more protection for children and the CP docket provides less protection for the parents. The weight of process communicates the value of the freedom at stake – here: the freedom of the body of the juvenile and the freedom of parents to rear their children.

Keywords: Gender, Children, Juvenile Court, Justice

Suggested Citation

Appell, Annette Ruth, Gendered Due Process of Juvenile Justice (May 13, 2017). Washington University Journal of Law and Policy, Vol. 53, No. 21, 2017. Available at SSRN:

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