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Status Offenders in the Juvenile Justice System

The treatment of status offenders -young people who have misbehaved in ways that would not put them in a criminal category if they were adults -- was assessed as unfair in many cases by the panel at the League's first general meeting.

The meeting at the Waikiki-Kapahulu Library, attended by 35 leaguers, friends, and walk-ins, featured Janice Wolf, human affairs writer for the Honolulu Advertiser, Sam Cox, ex. dir. of Hale Kipa, a shelter for runaways, and Officer Larry Lawrence of HPD's Community Affairs Division.

Don Moore, ex. dir. of the Hawaii Council on Crime and Delinquency moderated the panel and also gave an introductory capsule history of how society has handled juvenile offenders. He talked about the recent movement to deinstitutionalize status offenses.

Wolf has written numerous articles on the Family Court and the Detention Home. She feels that the secrecy surrounding the Court and DH has been detrimental to both the courts and their clients. She believes that openness, candor, and the airing of the problems may lead to positive results.

Cox pointed out the positive work of Hale Kipa and other youth shelter facilities as preferable alternatives to the Detention Home, but was concerned that cutbacks in federal funding would force the closing of one or more of the shelters.

Officer Lawrence, who has worked with students for over 6 years, said that schools frequently generate frustration and anti-social behavior. He believes this can in large part be attributed to basic lacks in communication, positive reinforcement, and discipline.

Although there were very few answers, the discussion was informative and stimulating. NAN LUTER, program chair, did a great job.

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