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Advocates Examine Why NE Florida Leads State For Incarcerated Girls

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It’s an eye-catching statistic; Northeast Florida leads the state in the number of incarcerated girls.

More girls ages 10-17 are in jail in Jacksonville than in Tampa and Miami combined.

Advocates say that’s because of a "get tough on crime" culture in this judicial circuit and a lack of understanding and resources dedicated to the root causes of crime when it comes to juvenile girls.

Lawanda Ravoira, Executive Director of the Delores Barr Weaver Policy Center, and Linda Alexionok, President of Voices for Florida Girls, joined us this morning for more on why so many local young women are behind bars.

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