It’s not uncommon that the parents cannot be found or won’t take back their children, leading to at-risk youth being held in detention centers.
November 30, 2015
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Tags: Foster Youth, Juvenile Justice
Organizations mentioned/involved: Columbia Legal Services (Washington State)
Although reasonable people can disagree about what types of criminal behavior warrants incarceration, no one believes that locking up children for not attending school or for running away from home or foster care will improve their prospects for the future. These behaviors are often referred to as “status offenses” — and, sadly, Washington locks up more status offenders than any other state.