Tag Archives: Status offense

Status Offenders — No Crime, No Time?

Should children who commit status offenses — failing to attend school, running away from home, being incorrigible, drinking alcohol, etc. — ever be removed from their homes and community, or be in the juvenile justice system at all?  Researchers and … Continue reading

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Status Offenders and Diversion from the Juvenile Justice System

On Tuesday, November 12, 2013, 4:00 p.m.- 5:00 p.m. EST, the National Juvenile Justice Network and the Coalition for Juvenile Justice will host a webinar: Better Responses to Youth Who Commit Status Offenses.  Register here. Topics will include: the forthcoming … Continue reading

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Call to Eliminate “20-Day Rule” for Runaways and Others

One of the biggest challenges in juvenile courts is what to do with runaway children in the short-term while his/her case is working through the system.  An impediment to safely housing these children is the 20-day maximum stay at shelter … Continue reading

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Four Resource Centers for Change

The MacArthur Foundation recently created four resource centers “to provide judges, prosecutors, defenders, policymakers, advocates, probation officers, and mental health and social service agencies with technical assistance, trainings, tools, and resources to advance juvenile justice reform throughout the country.”  The … Continue reading

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Girls in the Juvenile System

The majority of girls in the juvenile justice system are alleged to have committed status offenses or misdemeanors, or for a probation violation.  For instance, 75% of the runaways are girls.  Advocates argue that the behaviors that draw these girls … Continue reading

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