Deinstitutionalization of Status Offenders

Juvenile status offenders or non-offenders should be viewed and treated differently by the juvenile justice system. Responses should include a service oriented approach that keeps youth in their community. The NCJFCJ is committed to the deinstitutionalization of status offenders and is currently working on a project with the Coalition of Juvenile Justice (CJJ) to develop tools and resources to improve outcomes for youth who may come in contact with the juvenile justice system due to committing a status offence. The project staff has surveyed the juvenile justice field, participated in a Judicial Summit, and developed a technical assistance brief, aimed at highlighting and advancing examples of leadership which focuses on preventing system contact and detention of youth alleged with committing status offences - Judicial Perspectives on the Deinstitutionalization of Status Offenders in the United States with Recommendations for Policy and Practice.  Click here to view the brief. 

The NCJFCJ passed a resolution Supporting Reauthorization of JJDP Act and Elimination of Valid Court Order Exception. The NCJFCJ is hopeful that the reauthorization will provide structure and new funding streams for juvenile justice systems that will begin to alleviate the overuse of secured detention for status offenders. Many organizations and funding agencies are dedicated to developing resources and tools promoting promising practices; creating partnerships with allied professionals and groups; and advocating for the most effective responses for status offenders. Click on the links below to find out more information regarding the deinstitutionalization of status offenders:

Deinstitutionalization of Status Offenders (DSO) Facts and Resources - Located on the CJJ website