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The Status Offense Reform Center (SORC) offers resources and tools to policymakers and practitioners interested in creating effective alternatives to juvenile justice system involvement for youth who commit status offenses—behaviors that are problematic but certainly not criminal in nature.
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Structuring System Change

This module describes how to productively engage stakeholders in a system change effort.

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Using Local Information to Guide System Change

This module describes how to use data to conduct an assessment of your system.

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Planning and Implementing System Change

This module describes how to develop and implement a well-informed plan for system change that can be sustained over the long term.

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Monitoring and Sustaining System Change

This module describes how to monitor, assess, and modify your reform plan following its implementation.

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The “Becca Bill” 20 Years Later: How Washington’s Truancy Laws Negatively Impact Children

The Becca laws have made Washington State the country’s foremost jailer of children for “status offenses” like skipping school. It allows parents to use legal petitions called ARY (At Risk Youth) to obtain court orders that require children to participate in social services, attend school, and obey guardians. However, poverty—not insufficient parental authority—is the primary cause of truancy. The law also makes things much harder for children who are already laboring under social stigma and racism. As momentum builds nationwide toward creating less punitive juvenile justice systems, it is time to examine our truancy laws.

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> 116,000

Status offense cases were petitioned in juvenile court in 2011

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