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September 18, 2014 Practice Points

National Standards for Care of Youth Charged with Status Offenses

By Cathy Krebs

The Coalition for Juvenile Justice (CJJ) has created the SOS project (Safety, Opportunity & Success) which is a multi-year project that engages multiple stakeholders with a goal of implementing policy and practices that divert youth charged with status offenses from the courts and eliminates the use of secure confinement for youth charged with status offenses. As part of this project, CJJ has created the National Standards for the Care of Youth Charged with Status Offenses, which promotes policies and best practices for this youth population.

Cathy Krebs is the committee director of the ABA Section of Litigation's Children's Rights Committee in Washington, D.C.

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