January 18, 2007
On Thursday, January 18, 2007, 2:00-4:00 (eastern time), the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) will present the videoconference "Addressing the Needs of Juvenile Status Offenders and Their Families."
In 2004, 18 percent of all juvenile arrests involved status offenses -- nondelinquent, noncriminal acts that are considered illegal only for juveniles (e.g., truancy, running away, underage drinking, curfew violations, being "ungovernable"). Research has clearly linked status offending behavior with later delinquency.
The videoconference is designed to raise awareness about status offending and to highlight legislative reforms, policies, programs, and practices that have shown promise in effectively intervening with status offenders and their families and steering these youth toward a positive future. The target audience includes policymakers, judges, attorneys, and law enforcement; juvenile justice, child welfare, social services, and other youth-serving agencies.
The videoconference will be available for online viewing from desktop computers and group viewing at satellite download sites.
Registration is free at http://www.trc.eku.edu/jj