Library Search Results for Status Offense Behaviors

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

Author:Mahsa Jafarian

  • Year of Publication:
  • 2015
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Abstract:

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.

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Notes from the Field: Gloucester Township, NJ

Author:Status Offense Reform Center

  • Year of Publication:
  • 2015

Abstract: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.
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Notes from the Field: Newton County, GA

Author:Status Offense Reform Center

  • Year of Publication:
  • 2015

Abstract: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 of monitoring strategies, a snapshot of general program outcomes, and reflections from those in the reform movement.
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American Indian/Alaska Native Youth & Status Offense Disparities: A Call For Tribal Initiatives, Coordination & Federal Funding

Author:Coalition for Juvenile Justice & Tribal Law and Policy Institute

  • Year of Publication:
  • 2015

Abstract: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 be placed on probation and experience higher rates of detention and residential placements. This brief looks at the disparities faced in the state system by AI/AN youth who are charged with status offenses, the ability of both state and tribal systems to respond to status offenses, and federal funding levels to support efforts to better serve these youth.
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Running Away: Finding Solutions that Work for Youth and their Communities

Author:Coalition for Juvenile Justice

  • Year of Publication:
  • 2014

Abstract:This issue brief by the Coalition for Juvenile Justice provides+

a comprehensive overview of status offense cases involving young people who run away from home and identifies ways for communities to address this problem. Given that this type of status offense case is the most likely to involve detention, the brief makes a variety of recommendations focused on alternatives to detention, prevention, diversion programs, and court-based interventions. In addition to noting jurisdictions with promising practices, the brief discusses how locations can fund detention alternatives.
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Bill Summary: The Runaway and Homeless Youth and Trafficking Prevention Act

Author:National Network for Youth

  • Year of Publication:
  • 2015

Abstract: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 currently does; reauthorizes federal funding for three community-based programs that help youth obtain housing, education and job training; establishes support and services at the national level; and necessitates data collection and performance monitoring for greater accountability and evidence-based measures going forward.  
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IACP National Summit Report: Law Enforcement’s Leadership Role in Juvenile Justice Reform

Author:Anna Bahney, Ryan Daugirda, John Firman, Aviva Kurash, and Kate Rhudy

  • Year of Publication:
  • 2014

Abstract:This report was produced as a result of the National Summit+

on Law Enforcement Leadership in Juvenile Justice, a two-year collaboration between the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and the MacArthur Foundation which sought to engage law enforcement leaders at the executive level on what makes a fair and effective juvenile justice system. It highlights successful reforms by various law enforcement leaders and their agencies and produces a set of actionable recommendations for practice and policy for others to learn from. Page 39 highlights community-based and family-focused strategies enacted in Louisiana and Georgia to provide support services to truant youth who would otherwise be referred to juvenile and family courts.
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Juvenile Court Statistics 2011

Author:Sarah Hockenberry, Charles Puzzanchera

  • Year of Publication:
  • 2014

Abstract:This report was developed by the National Center for Juvenile+

Justice (NCJJ) and captures juvenile delinquency and juvenile status offense cases petitioned to juvenile court in 2011.
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Truancy Interventions: A Review of the Research Literature

Author:Richard D. Sutphen, Janet P. Ford, and Chris Flaherty

  • Year of Publication:
  • 2010

Abstract:This article offers a review of literature published between 1990+

and 2007 on 16 evaluative studies of truancy interventions. Each study differed in sample sizes, types of intervention, and definitions of truancy. The authors present the six interventions they find most effective and promising, including community partnerships and family-oriented activities.
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Scared Smart or Bored Straight? Testing Deterrence Logic in an Evaluation of Police-led Truancy Intervention

Author:Gordon Bazemore, Jeanne B. Stinchcomb, and Leslie A. Leip

  • Year of Publication:
  • 2004

Abstract:This paper provides an evaluation of a truancy intervention effort+

in a southeastern county in the U.S. The initiative was a collaboration between the local sheriff's department, social service agencies, the prosecutor's office, and the school board, and called for officers to take truant students to a central Truancy Unit and for social service professionals to make referrals to appropriate services. The data indicate that this  truancy intervention had no impact on future delinquency, and although it may have improved attendance rates in the short-term, the program might have done more harm than good in the long run. The authors conclude that deterrence-focused intervention strategies that are operated using a centralized approach have little positive value in the long-term.      
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