- Status offence behaviors such as skipping school and running away from home are frequently a response to problems such as bullying, or physical or sexual abuse.
- Incarcerating youth for status offenses such as truancy and skipping school punishes them for being mistreated by family members and peers.
- Once LGBTQ youth are in the street, they often resort to more serious crimes such as drug dealing and prostitution as a means of survival—two crimes that simultaneously increase the chances that youth will be victims of violence.
- Justice professionals should consider youths underlying needs for food, shelter, education and employment when making recommendations to the court.
- Locked-confinement is an inappropriate response to status offenses, misdemeanors, immigration code violations, and minor school code violations and should be prohibited.