Acknowledgments: This project was funded by the State of Connecticut Judicial Branch, Court Support Services Division.
Changing How the System Responds to Status Offenders: Connecticut's Families with Service Needs Initiative
Article first published online: 23 NOV 2012
© 2012 National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges
Juvenile and Family Court Journal
Volume 63, Issue 4, pages 37–46, Fall 2012
How to Cite
Ryon, S. B., Devers, L., Early, K. W. and Hand, G. A. (2012), Changing How the System Responds to Status Offenders: Connecticut's Families with Service Needs Initiative. Juvenile and Family Court Journal, 63: 37–46. doi: 10.1111/j.1755-6988.2012.01083.x
- Issue published online: 23 NOV 2012
- Article first published online: 23 NOV 2012
Concerned by the number of status offenders in secure detention and the processing of noncriminal behavior through the juvenile and family courts, Connecticut began efforts to reform their approach to troubled and troublesome youth in 2005 (Weithorn, 2005). Between 2005 and 2007, Connecticut enacted a series of legislative changes to both improve services for troubled youth and Families with Service Needs (FWSN), and achieve systematic reforms for processing status offenses. At a systems level, the reforms sought to divert non-criminal behaviors from formal court processing and prevent secure confinement for status offenders who violated court orders related to their behavior. Connecticut's attempt at second-order, or system change, is the focus of this outcome evaluation.