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Publication cover The “Becca Bill” 20 Years Later: How Washington’s Truancy Laws Negatively Impact Children
Dec 15, 2015, Vera Institute of Justice
The Becca laws have made Washington State the country’s foremost jailer of children for “status offenses” like skipping school. It allows parents to use legal petitions called ARY…
Publication cover Juvenile Justice Reform: County Leadership Roles and Opportunities
Dec 29, 2014, National Association of Counties
This report details why it is important to improve juvenile justice systems and how county governments can lead improvement efforts in their role as primary local providers of health, justice and…
Publication cover Status Offenders and Race
Dec 12, 2014, Center for Children's Law and Policy
Status Offenders and Race
Publication cover SORC Toolkit Module 4: Monitoring and Sustaining System Change
Dec 8, 2014, Vera Institute of Justice
Monitoring and Sustaining System Change describes three common strategies for evaluating reform efforts: (1) performance monitoring, (2) process evaluations, and (3) outcome evaluations. Because…
Publication cover Innovation Brief: Mental Health Screening as a Valuable Tool for Truancy Intervention
Dec 8, 2014, Center for Children & Youth Justice
The Clark County Truancy Project (CCTP) was designed to effectively respond to truancy while reducing the need for formal court intervention. Research indicates that one of the most prevalent issues…
Publication cover Advancing Juvenile Justice: Recommendations in Three Key Areas
Dec 8, 2014, Mental Health and Juvenile Justice Collaborative for Change, Robert F. Kennedy National Resource Center for Juvenile Justice, Status Offense Reform Center
As OJJDP considers how best to carry out its mission, three core issues stand out for their intense need, their proven potential for reform, and the opportunities they offer OJJDP to lead significant…
Publication cover Improving Louisiana's Status Offender System: Model Program Service Models
Dec 8, 2014, LSUHSC Institute for Public Health and Justice
Improving Louisiana's Status Offender System: Model Program Service Models
Publication cover Improving Louisiana's Status Offender System
Dec 8, 2014, LSUHSC Institute for Public Health and Justice
Improving Louisiana's Status Offender System
Publication cover Runaway Youth: A Research Brief
Dec 8, 2014, Vera Institute of Justice
This research brief summarizes empirical literature on youth who run away from home.
Publication cover Notes from the Field: Maricopa County, AZ
Dec 8, 2014, Vera Institute of Justice
This profile provides a summary of status offense system reform in Maricopa County, AZ, including the creation of a citation court to divert youth alleged of status offenses from traditional court…
Publication cover Notes from the Field: Clayton County, GA
Dec 8, 2014, Vera Institute of Justice
This profile describes the collaborative effort that led to a drastic drop in school referrals to court in Clayton County, Georgia.
Publication cover Notes from the Field: Campbell County, KY
Dec 8, 2014, Vera Institute of Justice
This profile from our Notes from the Field series provides an overview of recently-developed case management model for status offense cases in Campbell County, KY.
Publication cover Innovation Brief: A Collaborative Approach to Truancy Reform
Dec 4, 2014, Center for Children & Youth Justice
High school dropout rates in Benton and Franklin Counties in Washington State are significantly higher than the national average. Truancy is a clear predictor of high school dropout. The…
Publication cover Keeping Kids Out of Court: Rethinking Our Response to Status Offenses
Oct 8, 2014, Status Offense Reform Center
Status offenses are behaviors that are problematic but non-criminal in nature —such as running away from home, skipping school, or violating curfew—which are prohibited under the law only…
Publication cover Runaway Youth: A Research Brief
May 28, 2014, Sydney McKinney, Status Offense Reform Center
Running away is a status offense in 39 states. While the exact number of youth who run away from home each year is unknown, evidence suggests that most return home within a few days. This research…
Publication cover Selected Blogs from Status Offense Reform Center
Jan 1, 2014, Vera Institute of Justice
A variety of blogs that have received positive attention on the Vera website.
Publication cover Evaluation of Responses to Truancy in Clark County, Washington: Background Factors and Outcomes
Dec 31, 2013, Washington State University/Vancouver
Evaluation of Responses to Truancy in Clark County, Washington: Background Factors and Outcomes
Publication cover Truancy: A Research Brief
Dec 8, 2013, Vera Institute of Justice
This research brief summarizes empirical literature on truancy from the last 20 years, highlighting reasons why students skip school, risk and protective factors, and what is known about the…
Publication cover Notes from the Field: Florida
Dec 8, 2013, Vera Institute of Justice
Notes from the Field: Florida
Publication cover Framework for Community-Based Truancy Reform
Dec 1, 2013, Benton and Franklin Counties Washington Juvenile Justice Center
Publication cover Kids are Not Adults
Dec 1, 2013, National Conference of State Legislatures
Publication cover Spokane County (WA) Toolkit for Community Truancy Board Replication
Nov 25, 2013, Jennie Marshall
This toolkit is for any school district wishing to improve its ability to identify barriers to school attendance, problem-solve solutions, connect truant youth and their families with community-based…
Publication cover A Pilot Phase Analysis of King County, Washington’s PathNet Program Years 1 and 2 combined
Mar 31, 2013, The Vera Institute of Justice
PathNet was created to address the high rates of dropout youth in King County with involvement in the juvenile justice system. PathNet uses a path of networked organizations within the community to…
Publication cover Clark County Truancy Manual
Mar 1, 2013, Jodi Martin
The Clark County Truancy Manual is intended to provide a single source of information for individuals involved in the truancy court process, including school officials, Juvenile Court staff, Clark…
Publication cover Evaluation of Responses to Truancy in Clark County, Washington: Background Factors and Outcomes
Jan 31, 2013, Clayton Mosher, Department of Sociology, Washington State University Vancouver With Jodi Martin, Clark County Juvenile Court, and Karyl Ramsey
Clark County’s multi-layered approach to addressing truancy is highlighted in this report. The Clark County Truancy Project, a collaborative effort between the school districts, juvenile…
Publication cover Transitions of Truants: Community Truancy Board as a Turning Point in the Lives of Adolescents
Dec 1, 2012, Washington State University Tri-Cities
Transitions of Truants: Community Truancy Board as a Turning Point in the Lives of Adolescents
Publication cover Washington State's Models for Change Truancy Interventions: A Cost-Benefit Analysis
Dec 1, 2012, National Center for School Engagement
Washington State's Models for Change Truancy Interventions: A Cost-Benefit Analysis
Publication cover Positive Power: Exercising Judicial Leadership to Prevent Court Involvement and Incarceration of Non-Delinquent Youth
Jul 17, 2012, Coalition for Juvenile Justice
Juvenile and family court judges play a critical role in the lives of youth and families who come into contact with the courts. When you spend time with juvenile judges or their client families, you…
Publication cover Judicial Perspectives on the Deinstitutionalization of Status Offenders in the United States with Recommendations for Policy and Practice
Jul 17, 2012, National Council of Juvenile and Family Courty Judges and Coalition for Juvenile Justice
Deinstitutionalization of status offenders (DSO) is one of the four core requirements of the Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA). Status offenses are offenses that only apply to…
Publication cover West Valley School District (Spokane, WA) Community Truancy Board Evaluation
Jan 31, 2011, Washington State University, Division of Governmental Studies and Services
This report describes the implementation and effectiveness of The West Valley Community Truancy Boards (WVCTB) which are designed to engage truant youth and their families in a restorative-justice…
Publication cover Washington State Models for Change Newsletter-July 2010
Jul 6, 2010, WA State Models for Change
Hello from Benton/Franklin Counties Models for Change! We hope this issue of our newsletter finds you well. It looks like summer is finally here and with that comes a chance to breathe a bit and…
Publication cover Clark County Truancy Program: Mental Health Screening Protocols - Administering MAYSI 2
Nov 11, 2009, Jodi Martin
Protocol incorporating MAYSI-2 screening into the Clark County Truancy Program intake procedure.
Publication cover Benton/Franklin Counties School Truancy Survey Instrument
Nov 1, 2009, Nick Lovrich
For collecting information on how state truancy laws have been implemented at the school building level. Updated as of March 20, 2013
Publication cover Truancy and Hispanic Focused Evidence-Based Programs
Nov 1, 2009, Eric Trupin, Sarah Walker:
A list of trauncy and Hispanic-focused EBPs, categorized by: OJJDP Rating, Model, type of evaluation, location, demographics, truancy findings, other findings, training requirements/costs and…
Publication cover Survey of Spokane County Schools on Truancy Issues – Final Results
Aug 1, 2009, Kevin Wright
To obtain a comprehensive understanding of school building implementation of the state truancy laws.
Publication cover Benton Franklin Counties Juvenile Justice Personnel Truancy Survey Report
Jun 30, 2009, Nick Lovrich
Report on juvenile court staff perceptions of truancy practices and resources in Benton/Franklin Counties. Updated as of March 20, 2013
Publication cover Benton Franklin Counties Existing Truancy Data Analysis and Case Tracking
Jun 30, 2009, Nick Lovrich
To inform Benton/Franklin Counties Models for Change when developing system reforms targeting truant youth, with an emphasis on Hispanic/Latino youth. Document also contains the coding instrument…
Publication cover Benton-Franklin Truancy Case Study Coding Instrument
Jun 30, 2009, Nick Lovrich
Coding instrument used when conducting a comprehensive analysis of 30 traunt youth, 10 each from the following categories: cases resolved without court intervention; cases resolved with court…
Publication cover Changing the Status Quo for Status Offenders: New York State's Efforts to Support Troubled Teens
Dec 1, 2004, Tina Chiu & Sara Mogulescu
In December 2004, the Vera Institute of Justice released an 'Issue in Brief' discussing the work of child welfare and probation leaders in New York State to reform the PINS (Persons in Need of…
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