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Informing Policymakers on Status Offense Reform


Wednesday, November 11th, 2015

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Vera’s Center on Youth Justice (CYJ) has been busy promoting the importance of status offense reforms to various policymakers and stakeholder groups across the country.


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.

Moving the Dial on Truancy in Fairfax County


Monday, September 21st, 2015

At first glance, Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) is a high-functioning school system that routinely meets or exceeds its academic and attendance goals for the majority of its students. Yet, truancy remains a challenge for a fair number of our students. Recognizing this issue, Fairfax County has identified school attendance as a key priority–seeking a better understanding of challenges facing youth who do not regularly attend school and reviewing current school attendance tracking practices within the County.

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 […]

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 […]

Truancy in Texas: Emerging Critiques and Opportunities


Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015


The Department of Justice’s recent announcement of an investigation into truancy court and juvenile district courts in Dallas County, Texas is big news in juvenile justice circles. Texas—which enacted a series of juvenile justice reforms between 2007 and 2013—is nonetheless one of only two states in the country (along with Wyoming) that sends kids to adult criminal court for truancy. DOJ will examine whether the Dallas County courts provide constitutionally required due process to children charged with “failure to attend school” (FTAS)—a Class C misdemeanor under Texas law.

January Status Offense News Updates


Monday, February 2nd, 2015

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Building resiliency for runaway girls


Friday, January 23rd, 2015

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The Keeping Kids Safe: Interventions for Runaway Youth blog series investigates the challenges facing runaway, throwaway, trafficked, and homeless children and examines both legislative solutions and direct services that can provide trauma-informed and evidence-based interventions to support these young people.   Kate Richtman, Ramsey County Attorney’s Office “Sarah” (pseudonym) first came to the attention of […]

Voices from the Field: Clark County’s Status Offense Reform Effort


Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

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.