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

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Wednesday, November 4th, 2015

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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.

Gender and Justice in America: Ending the unjust treatment of girls charged with minor offenses

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Wednesday, October 28th, 2015

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Since the early 90s, research has shown that girls in the juvenile justice system are more likely than their male peers to be detained for status offenses and minor delinquent behavior. The findings of a recent study by researchers at the University of Texas provides strong evidence that, despite dramatic reform over the last 15 years, the tendency to lock girls up for less serious offenses, such as running away from home, has not budged.

Status Offenders and Race

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Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

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The “Disproportionate Impact” blog series examines the ways in which multiple populations of youth are disproportionately represented and differentially treated in the status offense system, including youth of color, girls, and youth who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, and queer (LGBTQ). Through this series, we hope readers gain a better understanding of the challenges […]

Trafficked and Exploited Girls Need Help, Not Incarceration

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Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

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The “Disproportionate Impact” blog series examines the ways in which multiple populations of youth are disproportionately represented and differentially treated in the status offense system, including youth of color, girls, and youth who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, and queer (LGBTQ). Through this series, we hope readers gain a better understanding of the challenges […]

School Safety Reform: A Pivotal Moment for LGBTQ Youth

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Thursday, March 27th, 2014

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In January, the United States Department of Education released a report offering guidance on improving school climate and discipline. The report responds to the pressing need to reform zero tolerance school discipline policies and develop alternative models for improving school safety in order to build more positive school environments, which encourage academic achievement and support success for all students.

Stopping the School-to-Prison Pipeline for LGBTQ Youth

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Friday, March 21st, 2014

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The “Disproportionate Impact” blog series examines the ways in which multiple populations of youth are disproportionately represented and differentially treated in the status offense system, including youth of color, girls, and youth who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, and queer (LGBTQ). Through this series, we hope readers gain a better understanding of the challenges […]

“Disproportionate Impact”: A Conversation About Girls, Youth of Color, and LGBTQ Youth in the Status Offense System

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Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

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Sydney McKinney, Status Offense Reform Center The disproportionate involvement of youth of color in the juvenile system remains a serious problem, despite considerable efforts like the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA) which requires states to implement strategies to reduce disproportionate minority contact, or “DMC.” Although more work is needed in this area, we […]