Status offenses are behaviors that are prohibited under law only because of an individual’s status as a minor, including running away from home, skipping school, violating a curfew, drinking under age, and acting “incorrigibly.” They are problematic, but noncriminal in nature. Learn more here.
In 2010, young people in nearly 50,000 cases were taken to court for truancy. Learn what the research has to say about truancy and other status offense behaviors.
Increasingly, states and localities are successfully connecting struggling families with social services in their communities, instead of turning to courts. Learn how jurisdictions are transforming their systems.
Check out A Toolkit for Status Offense System Reform, which offers guidance and tools to help you create a community-based approach for responding to and serving youth charged with status offenses. Access the toolkit here.
This workbook provides guidance on involving youth and family members in system change. It tackles subjects such as structuring meetings to be family and youth friendly, recruitment, youth participation, and evaluation strategies for family and youth involvement.
This white paper aims to spur conversations about how to effectively handle status offense cases by citing several promising examples of state and local reform. It also describes the hallmarks of effective community-based responses to status offenses.
This presentation is an accompanying resource to A Toolkit for Status Offense System Reform. Intended for use at a stakeholder working group launch meeting, it addresses why status offense system change is important and what system change looks like on the ground.
Are you interested in spreading awareness about status offenses? Are you looking for a resource that presents this issue in a clear and accessible manner? Check out this new infographic from SORC! This resource presents the national data on status offenses, discusses why court based approaches are inappropriate, and highlights some states that are finding innovative approaches to keeping kids in the community and out of court.Keep Reading //
Status offense cases were petitioned in juvenile court in 2011