Library Search Results for Clark County - WA

Juvenile Justice Reform: County Leadership Roles and Opportunities

Author:National Association of Counties

  • Year of Publication:
  • 2014

Abstract:This report details why it is important to improve juvenile justice+

systems and how county governments can lead improvement efforts in their role as primary local providers of health, justice and social services for communities. Recognizing that many juvenile justice systems have inappropriate, cost-ineffective or nonexistent programs to assist youth who end up in courts and detention centers for nonviolent crimes, the report provides guidance to county officials and staff on community-based alternatives that are proven to produce better outcomes and cost less. For youth charged with status offenses, the report highlights efforts in Clark County, Washington and Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana that provide community-based court diversion by developing tools for identifying and addressing the underlying needs of problematic behaviors such as running away or truancy in a timely manner. It also provides a list of resources for further guidance.
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Video: Clark County’s Status Offense Reform Effort

Author:Jodi Martin

  • Year of Publication:
  • 2014

Abstract:Jodi Martin, Models for Change Coordinator for Clark County (WA),+

describes how the current approach to truancy was developed to keep kids in schools and out of court. For more information on this reform effort, visit our Notes from the Field profile for Clark County.
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Clark County Truancy Manual

Author:Clark County Juvenile Court, Educational Service District 112, and Clark County School Districts

  • Year of Publication:
  • 2013

Abstract:This manual, an accompanying resource to A Toolkit for Status Offense+

System Reform, Module Three: Planning and Implementing System Change, documents Clark County's coordinated, comprehensive approach to truancy. The goal of the county's truancy program is to use education and support services in a graduated response plan to increase school attendance and substantially reduce the need for the court to invoke contempt proceedings. The Manual is divided into four parts. Part one provides school district representatives a step-by-step process for the district’s involvement in each level of the Clark County truancy process. Part two provides a description of the Clark County Truancy Workshop. Part three details the Clark County Truancy Project operated by Educational Service District 112. Part four focuses on what happens if pre-court interventions are unsuccessful and, as a last resort, the child is referred to court.
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From Courts to Communities: The Right Response to Truancy, Running Away, and Other Status Offenses

Author:Annie Salsich and Jennifer Trone

  • Year of Publication:
  • 2013

Abstract:This white paper aims to raise awareness about status offenses and+

spur conversations about how to effectively handle these cases by citing several promising examples of state and local reform. The white paper discusses the status of status offenses in America, explains why courts are poorly suited to handle status offense cases, describes the hallmarks of an effective community-based response for young people charged with status offenses, provides evidence that community-based responses work well, and then concludes by explaining how the Status Offense Reform Center (SORC) can help states and localities develop effective community-based responses to young people who commit status offenses.
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Deinstitutionalization of Status Offenders (DSO) Facts and Resources

Author:Coalition for Juvenile Justice

  • Year of Publication:
  • 2011

Abstract:This document gives background information on status offenses and describes the+

dangers of institutionalizing youth who commit these offenses. It also describes policy efforts that are underway to effectively address the needs of this population without secure detention.
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Sample Status Offense System Flow Chart: Clark County, WA

Author:Clark County

  • Year of Publication:

Abstract:These sample status offense system flow charts are an accompanying+

resource to A Toolkit for Status Offense System Reform, Module One: Structuring System Change. When generating your system flow chart you may want to review diagrams of status offense systems in other jurisdictions to help you determine how best to visually present your local system. Clark County, WA, created a pre- and post-reform map documenting changes that were made to its truancy process. The post-reform map presents the revised 19 step process organized into six distinct phases, highlighting the different stakeholder groups involved in each stage.
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Evaluation of Responses to Truancy in Clark County, Washington: Background Factors and Outcomes

Author:Clayton Mosher, Jodi Martin, and Karyl Ramsey

  • Year of Publication:
  • 2013

Abstract:This report highlights the multi-layered approach used by Clark County,+

WA, to address truancy. The Clark County Truancy Project, a collaborative effort between the school districts, juvenile court, and child welfare agencies, relies on truancy specialists who implement a case management model informed by the Massachusetts Youth Screening Instrument (MAYSI-2). This report illuminates the many background factors associated with truancy, providing multivariate analyses based on MAYSI-2 results, Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES), attitudes, behaviors, and youth outcomes. Educational and juvenile justice related outcomes are presented for youth participating in the Clark County Truancy Project.
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Notes from the Field: Clark County, WA

Author:Vera Institute of Justice

  • Year of Publication:
  • 2014

Abstract:This profile provides a summary of truancy reform initiatives in+

Clark County, WA, including the creation of truancy workshops and other out-of-court interventions. The profile includes a description of the county's planning process, an overview of monitoring strategies, a snapshot of general program outcomes, and reflections from those in the reform movement.
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