What To Do About That Runaway — More Status Offender Resources

The Status Offense Reform Center (SORC) of the Vera Institute, in partnership with Models for Change, has published a series of tools to guide system change in how status offenders are addressed by the juvenile justice system.  There is also research about the over-incarceration of status offenders.  All of the documents are available  here or here.  SORC also has a blog available.

Marie N. Williams of the Coalition for Juvenile Justice (CJJ) recently authored a blog post for the National Council on Crime & Delinquency, More Harm than Good; In Support of Eliminating the Use of Secure Confinement for Non-Delinquent Youth (status offenders).  In Indiana, status offenders may only be held in secure detention for a significant length of time if the child has violated a court order.  See also “Ungovernable” and Runaway Youth: Guidance for Youth-Serving, Legal and Judicial Professionals published by the CJJ’s SOS Project.

Status offenders are children who commit acts that are not crimes — such as running away, truancy, disobedience, curfew violations — that are within the jurisdiction of the juvenile court.

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