Keeping Kids Out of Court: A Primer on Status Offenses (Infographic)


Tuesday, March 1st, 2016

This updated infographic can help spread awareness about status offenses and build consensus around effective solutions. It presents the latest national data on status offenses, discusses why court based approaches are inappropriate, reviews promising practices, and highlights a few states that have implemented innovative approaches to keeping kids in the community.

Tackling Truancy (Infographic)


Thursday, December 10th, 2015

This infographic outlines the impacts and causes of truancy at the student, family, school, and community-level. It discusses why punitive and court based approaches are inappropriate and presents promising practices, highlighting some jurisdictions that have implemented such strategies.

Notes from the Field: Gloucester Township, NJ


Tuesday, December 1st, 2015

This profile describes the development of Gloucester Township Police Department’s network of community-based responses to youth delinquency and status offenses. The profile includes a summary of the county’s planning process, an overview of existing programs, a snapshot of general outcomes, and reflections from those in the reform movement.

Notes from the Field: Newton County, GA


Thursday, June 25th, 2015

This profile describes the development of the Truancy Intervention Board in Newton County, GA. This Board aims to divert youth away from the formal court process by addressing problems of truancy and educational neglect outside the courtroom, with the support of invested community stakeholders. The profile includes a summary of the county’s planning process, an overview […]

American Indian/Alaska Native Youth & Status Offense Disparities: A Call For Tribal Initiatives, Coordination & Federal Funding


Wednesday, June 24th, 2015

American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) young people are almost twice as likely to be petitioned to state court for skipping school, violating liquor laws, and engaging in other behaviors that are only illegal because of their age (often known as status offenses). Once involved with the state court system, they are less likely to […]

The Effects of Adolescent Development on Policing


Thursday, June 11th, 2015

This brief, authored by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, provides an overview of adolescent brain development and its effects on law enforcement interactions with youth. The brief outlines ten strategies for law enforcement to apply an understanding of adolescent brain development during youth interactions, noting important considerations for integrating this knowledge into everyday practices, procedures, and […]

Notes from the Field: Onondaga County, NY


Tuesday, April 7th, 2015

This profile describes the status offense reform effort in Onondaga County, NY that has led to a drop in PINS referrals and placement for status offenses. This success can be attributed to local school-based interventions, community-based services and parent education efforts. Download this resource to learn more about the process that led to these changes.

Status Offenses: A National Survey


Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

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 […]

Bill Summary: The Runaway and Homeless Youth and Trafficking Prevention Act


Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

A summary of the main proposals in the Runaway and Homeless Youth and Trafficking Prevention Act reintroduced in the Senate on 27 January 2015 to reauthorize the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act (RHYA) (42 U.S.C. 5701 et seq.). The bill expands the definition of “human trafficking” used in RHYA to extend coverage to more vulnerable youth than it […]

Powerpoint presentation from SORC webinar: Monitoring and Sustaining System Change


Thursday, January 8th, 2015

This is the powerpoint presentation from SORC’s webinar hosted on January 6, 2015, for Module 4 of its Toolkit for Status Offense System Reform. Presenters shared insights from local status offense reform efforts in monitoring and evaluating system change, as well as sustaining this change past the implementation stage. Julie Revaz, (Connecticut Judicial Branch), Dane […]