Our new infographic can help you spread awareness about status offenses and build consensus among stakeholders in your community.
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 publication by the Coalition for Juvenile Justice examines status offense laws across the 50 states and the District of Columbia. It details the legislative label that each state applies to status offense behaviors, the types of behaviors that fall within that label, diversion options that are available in the case, possible outcomes following adjudication, and whether the state uses the valid court order (VCO) exception or a 24-hour hold for youth who are detained for these behaviors.
The Department of Justice’s recent announcement of an investigation into truancy court and juvenile district courts in Dallas County, Texas is big news in juvenile justice circles. Texas—which enacted a series of juvenile justice reforms between 2007 and 2013—is nonetheless one of only two states in the country (along with Wyoming) that sends kids to adult criminal court for truancy. DOJ will examine whether the Dallas County courts provide constitutionally required due process to children charged with “failure to attend school” (FTAS)—a Class C misdemeanor under Texas law.Keep Reading //
Status offense cases were petitioned in juvenile court in 2011