New White Paper from Vera Aims to Raise Awareness about Status Offenders

Posted by Edward Loughran
December 11, 2013

Courts handle approximately 137,000 status offense cases a year for youth who have engaged in prohibited but noncriminal behaviors like running away, truancy or under-age drinking. That’s 137,000 cases that could likely reach better, more cost-effective outcomes if community-based alternatives were built and put to use.

A new white paper from the Vera Institute for Justice—“From Courts to Communities:  The Right Response to Truancy, Running Away, and Other Status Offenses” –aims to increase understanding about what status offenses are and what possible solutions look like in the real world, using examples from Florida, Washington, Louisiana and New York.

To learn more about what status offenses are, community-based response alternatives to courts, real-world examples of ways that reform has made an impact on youth, and the resources available at the Status Offense Resource Center, check out From Courts to Communities.