Status Offender Programs: Policy Analysis and Recommendations for One Local Community in Central Pennsylvania

Patricia Wesley, Pennsylvania State University- Harrisburg

The history of the treatment of status offenders in the juvenile justice system is examined with particular attention paid to such programming in Pennsylvania communities. Efforts at addressing the special needs of the status offender are reviewed through an examination of evaluations of these programs. The outcome of this review culminates with a policy recommendation to key stakeholders in the local community through which the author hopes to play a critical role in launching a status offender program.

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Updated 05/20/2006