In 2019, the DC Juvenile Justice Advisory Group recommended that DC respond to youth skipping school (aka truancy), running away from home or staying out late at night (aka violating curfew) with community-based services and no longer arrest, charge, or prosecute youth for these behaviors. Together, these behaviors are called “PINS” or “status offenses.”
What matters most to us:
The JJAG’s recommendations for how DC respond to these behaviors in the future:
We recommend an alternative system to connect youth and families to services they need to stop the behavior, build wellness, and find opportunity.