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Detaining Status Offenders is a Consequence without Understanding

Growing up, I missed zero days of school from kindergarten to graduation. Zero unexcused absences and zero unexcused tardies. My brother, on the other hand, was the exact opposite, often having a phantom “stomach ache” right before we had to walk to the bus stop.


Tennessee Governor Proposes Juvenile Justice Reform

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam (R) is pushing legislation that would make several changes to the state’s juvenile justice policies and spending plans, including limitations on the use of detention and increased resources for rural parts of the state.

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Washington Weighs an End to Locking Kids Up for Truancy

As a teenager in foster care, Zack Zibrosky was detained eight times, five for running away from the same group home where some of the other kids had a history of aggressive behavior.

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JJDPA Reauthorization Up Today, But Unlikely To Pass

A Senate bill to reauthorize the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA) will be up for a unanimous consent vote this afternoon. But Youth Services Insider has learned that it is unlikely to pass because of the continued objection to it by Sen.


Senate Judiciary Approves $833 Million Over Five Years for Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act

The Senate Judiciary Committee approved yet another attempt to update the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA), which has not been reauthorized since 2002. The bill, S.1169, would phase out the lone exception in the law that permits the detention of status offenders; set new terms for failure to comply with the act; limit expenditures on mentoring and require the collection of new data on juvenile offenders.


Bipartisan Juvenile Justice Bill Would Phase Out Valid Court Order, Demand Data on Isolation

A bipartisan bill to reauthorize federal juvenile justice policy and funding would phase out an exception permitting the detention of status offenders, and require states to report more information each year to the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.


    Groups Propose Structure for Less Courts in Status Offense System

    A flurry of resources were announced recently on standards, practices and assistance related to the handling of status-offending youth. A voluminous collection of model standards was issued by the Coalition for Juvenile Justice (CJJ), which represents the state advisory groups in each state, followed by a white paper by think tank Vera Institute of Justice on best practices for handling status offenders.