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.