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Monday, May 21, 2012

kid jailWhen a juvenile commits a “status offense” that means they commit an action that is a crime for children but not for adults.  This includes things like running away, skipping school, buying tobacco products and other similar offenses.  Well there is one state in the United States that leads all states in this category.  This is also one of the four states that do not allow commercial bail bonds

If you haven’t guessed by now, the state we are talking about is Kentucky.  In Kentucky, status offenders account for 17 percent of juvenile crimes.  That translates to 1 out of 6 juvenile crimes are crimes that are not considered crimes if you are an adult.  While this is not good news when it comes to the youth of Kentucky, there is still a bright side to the story.  Kentucky has also lead the country in reducing these types of arrests.   From 2007-2011 these status offenses dropped 41%.  
Should kids be incarcerated in situations like these?  What do you think? Read the original story here.

Original article: Ky. near top in jailed kids for status offenses