Tag Archive: 'legislation'

The “Becca Bill” 20 Years Later: Unintended Consequences


Tuesday, December 1st, 2015

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Status offenses such as running away may be a child’s most effective way to avoid sexual abuse at home. Washington’s Becca Bill can unwittingly abet dangerous situations that children are attempting to flee. ARY (At Risk Youth) orders cannot effectively slow the feeder mechanisms for child sexual abuse if they target symptoms—children’s behavior—rather than causes and, in some cases, ARY orders directly inhibit the child’s essential human rights, such as the right to withhold access to one’s own body.

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


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.

Coordinating Change: Nebraska’s New Approach to Status Offenders


Monday, August 17th, 2015

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Juliet Summers, Policy Coordinator for Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice with Voices for Children in Nebraska All our children deserve to be treated with fairness and dignity, and to be permitted the space to learn and grow from their mistakes. As advocates, we know that the vast majority of young people will simply grow out […]

Why Texas is Poised to Become a Model for Truancy Reform


Thursday, July 23rd, 2015

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Morgan Craven, Director of Texas Appleseed’s School-to-Prison Pipeline Project Becky missed school to visit her childhood home with her mother, whose memory was fading due to a degenerative brain disease. Megan missed school because she was put on doctor-ordered bed rest due to pregnancy and delivery complications. Luke was tardy to several periods because he […]

JJGPS Website Adds New Section Examining Status Offense Issues


Friday, June 12th, 2015

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We are excited to share the recently released Status Offense Issues section of the Juvenile Justice Geography, Policy, Practice & Statistics website (JJGPS.org). The JJGPS, an online resource developed by the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges with support from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, synthesizes national and state level […]

West Virginia Passes Truancy Bill to Better Support Students


Friday, April 24th, 2015

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Mishi Faruqee & Jennifer Meinig, ACLU Fourteen-year-old Brandi B.* was suspended from school for six days. What happened next was shocking. Brandi’s school decided that the school-sanctioned suspension days were “unexcused” absences and then referred her to juvenile court for truancy. The judge ruled that Brandi had committed a status offense and sentenced Brandi to […]

Simple messages, simple tactics: The role of media in status offense reform


Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

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Tara Greishop-Goodwin from Kentucky Youth Advocates describes the crucial role that media agencies played in shaping the conversation around status offense reform in Kentucky and gathering support for Senate Bill 200 that will divert more youth away from court and towards resources in the community.

Bipartisan Bill is Critical to Caring for Youth and Families in Crisis


Friday, February 27th, 2015


Late last month, Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Susan Collins (R-ME) reintroduced the Runaway and Homeless Youth and Trafficking Prevention Act (S.262) in the Senate to reauthorize the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act (RHYA), which expired in 2013. The first attempt to reauthorize RHYA failed last July. RHYA is the main federal safeguard for more than 1.7 million children nationwide—by the most recent estimate—who run away from home, are neglected and forced to leave their homes, are subjected to human trafficking, or exit the child welfare or juvenile justice system without a support system.

Upcoming Webinar: The Role of State Legislatures in Status Offense Reform


Friday, February 13th, 2015

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The Status Offense Reform Center and the National Conference of State Legislatures will jointly host a webinar on March 20 at 2 p.m. ET. As it becomes apparent that court-based responses are inappropriate for youth who commit status offenses, state legislatures are adopting policies that divert these youth to community-based programs designed to address the underlying causes […]

January Status Offense News Updates


Monday, February 2nd, 2015

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