Library Search Results for State Legislation

Status Offenses: A National Survey

Author:Coalition for Juvenile Justice

  • Year of Publication:
  • 2015

Abstract:This comprehensive publication by the Coalition for Juvenile Justice+

examines existing 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 status offense behaviors. This brief may be used by judges, advocates, and legislators to assess national trends and gather ideas for system reform.
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Promoting and Supporting Status Offense System Reform

Author:Status Offense Reform Center

  • Year of Publication:
  • 2014

Abstract:This PowerPoint presentation was delivered by Allie Meyer of Vera’s+

Status Offense Reform Center as part of a panel presentation to a group of state legislators attending a Juvenile Justice Model Site Visit to New York organized by the National Conference of State Legislatures. The presentation highlights the important shift from a court-based to a community-based response to status offense cases that is occurring across the country and offers a few recent examples of how states have embraced and formalized this shift through legislative reforms.
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Notes from the Field: Florida

Author:Vera Institute of Justice

  • Year of Publication:
  • 2013

Abstract:This profile provides an overview of Florida’s status offense reform+

process, which began with legislative changes and led to the development of centralized intake and a full continuum of services for youth who commit status offenses. The profile includes a summary of the state’s planning process, an overview of monitoring strategies, a snapshot of general outcomes, and reflections from those in the reform movement.
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Runaway and Homeless Youth and the Law: Model State Statutes

Author:ABA Commission on Homelessness & Poverty; National Network for Youth

  • Year of Publication:
  • 2009

Abstract:This report sets forth model state statutes to address the+

needs of homeless and runaway youth. The model statutes were developed during a 2008 conference with over 160 participating lawyers, advocates, policymakers, service providers, and formerly homeless youth.
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Alone Without a Home: A State-by-State Review of Laws Affecting Unaccompanied Youth

Author:National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty; National Network for Youth (NN4Y)

  • Year of Publication:
  • 2012

Abstract:

This brief provides a summary of state laws affecting unaccompanied+

youth, including status offense statutes addressing behaviors common among such youth (truancy, running away, and violating curfew). The report reveals that states have adopted divergent approaches to such youth, ranging from punitive to supportive. The report also provides policy recommendations, encouraging states to develop laws that provide support rather than punishment to runaway and homeless youth.

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