Friday 22nd of March 2019


Webinar: Status Offenses and Valid Court Orders

Talk followed by a Discussion


Thursday 21st of March 2019


The JJDPA prohibits young people from being held in secure detention or confinement if they are charged with a status offense. Common examples of status offenses include skipping school, running away from home, and missing curfew.

An exception continues to exist in the law known as the valid court order (VCO) exception. Since its addition to the JJDPA in the 1980s, the VCO exception has caused thousands of young people to be incarcerated for status offense behaviors. This webinar will address the changes to the Deinstitutionalization of Status Offenders (DSO) core protection and the additional requirements for the VCO exception under H.R. 6964.


Lisa Pilnik, Senior Consultant, Coalition for Juvenile Justice

Naomi Smoot, Executive Director, Coalition for Juvenile Justice


North America


Coalition for Juvenile Justice (Coalition)


Detention, Justice, Juvenile

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Coalition for Juvenile Justice 1319 F Street NW, Suite 402 Washington, DC 20004
United States


  • International Juvenile Justice Observatory (IJJO). Belgian Public Utility Foundation

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  • Head Office: Rue Mercelis, nº 50. 1050. Brussels. Belgium

    Phone: 00 32 262 988 90. Fax: 00 32 262 988 99.

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