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.
Why is truancy treated as a juvenile justice issue in so many states? Why do punitive approaches to truancy still prevail? Law students and lawyers in the Education Law Practicum at the University of Tennessee College of Law – which provides legal services to people who may not otherwise be able to afford an attorney – have struggled with this question. Over the last few years, the Practicum has represented young people charged with truancy offenses. Although legal representation is unusual among status offense cases that make it to court, in the opinion of lawyers representing these youths, it is essential that attorneys be present.Keep Reading //
Status offense cases were petitioned in juvenile court in 2010