Status Offender Legislative Reforms

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  • Sarah Brown, NCSL


  • Allie Meyer, Vera Institute of Justice, New York
  • Stephen Phillippi, LSU Institute for Public Health, Louisiana
  • Senator Whitney Westerfield, Kentucky


Juvenile status offenses—behavior that would not be criminal if performed by an adult—can lead to youth being found delinquent and sent to detention facilities that may cause them to recidivate. State legislatures are adopting status offender reforms that aim to divert youth to community-based non-profit organizations designed to address the underlying causes for their behavior. Learn how status offender reforms are expanding disposition alternatives, reducing costs and producing positive outcomes for juveniles.

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