LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Judges in Kentucky have cut by half the number of children they are sending to jail for non-criminal offenses such as skipping school and running away from home.
Recently released data from Kentucky Youth Advocates shows that the number of juveniles jailed has steadily fallen to 1,090 last year from 2,270 in 2007.
The Courier-Journal reports that state and local officials have agreed that dealing with children who are "status offenders" should be done outside of jail.
One state representative predicts a push by the General Assembly to prohibit jailing juveniles for non-criminal offenses that don't apply to adults.
Still, Kentucky ranked fourth in the country for the number of status offenders it sent to jail in the past year, using contempt-of-court violations to sidestep federal and state laws.