Graduation Year


Document Type




Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Degree Granting Department

Special Education

Major Professor

Brenda L. Townsend Walker, Ph.D., J.D.

Committee Member

Jeannie Kleinhammer-Tramill, Ph.D.

Committee Member

Sarah Kiefer, Ph.D.

Committee Member

Jennifer Wolgemuth, Ph.D.


Delinquent girls, School-to-prison pipeline, adolescent girls At-risk girls, education and delinquency


The population of girls being incarcerated continues to grow amid the decline of boy offenders. While society has seen an increase in violent offenses perpetrated by these girls, the majority are still detained on status offenses or for non-violent crimes. For many girls, school is a place to seek solace and safety. Yet, for a growing population of girls, the bond they once shared with school is disintegrating. This disconnect has proven to be a critical turning point in their lives. The purpose of this study is to give girls who have been removed from the general education setting a platform to share their educational experiences.