On June 30, 2014, at 2:00 p.m. ET, the Vera Institute for Justice, Status Offense Reform Center will present a Webinar, “Knowing Where You Are To plan Where You’re Going — A Systems Approach to Status Offense Reform.” The presenters will focus on system assessment, especially for truants and runaways, to help “design a reform approach outside the juvenile justice system.” Registration information is available here.
Module 2 of the Toolkit for Status Offense System Reform is available here.
In Indiana, it is still possible to send truants and runaways to the Indiana Department of Correction (DOC), if the child has violated a court order. As part of the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative and other initiatives, advocates are looking for alternatives to limit or completely eliminate the number of status offenders being sent to DOC. At the national level, H.R. 4123 (113th Congress) would prevent status offenders from being held in secure detention, including for violation of a court order, by modifying the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA). It looks unlikely that this bill will pass during this legislative session.