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NCJ Number: 170859 Find in a Library
Title: Truancy Intervention Program
Corporate Author: Ramsey Cty Attorney's Office
United States of America
Date Published: 1996
Page Count: 0
Sponsoring Agency: Ramsey Cty Attorney's Office
St. Paul, MN 55102
Sale Source: Ramsey Cty Attorney's Office
St. Paul, MN 55102
United States of America
Type: Program/Project Description
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This videotape explains the problems associated with school truancy and describes the Truancy Intervention Program (TIP) initiated in Ramsey County (Minn.) to address the problem.
Abstract: The discussion notes that truants tend to become involved in juvenile delinquency and that truancy is associated with increases in auto theft, burglary, purse snatching, and vandalism. In addition, a study revealed that 71 percent of inmates did not finish high school. TIP was patterned after a successful program in Los Angeles. It involves collaboration among the schools and the prosecutor's office. The case of 15-year-old Emily illustrates the process. The school sends the name of any student aged 12-16 who has been absent for 3 days without an excuse. The county attorney sends a letter to the parents. A group meeting at the school explains to the student and parents that the prosecutor is monitoring attendance. The second step is a school attendance review meeting for a student who continues to be truant. The third step is a petition to juvenile court and a court hearing for students who are still truant. The judge has the option of ordering intense supervision, removal of the driver's license, treatment, or removal of the student from the home. Emily reports that signing a contract at the second meeting helped her realize the value of school. The discussion notes that the program has served 2,000 students in its first year, has helped St. Paul address the truancy problem, and has succeeded due the collaboration plus the support and funding from the State legislature and the county.
Main Term(s): Juvenile delinquency prevention
Index Term(s): Interagency cooperation; Minnesota; Prosecutorial discretion; School delinquency programs; School influences on crime; Truancy
Note: 8 minutes, VHS, color
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