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.