Far fewer Kentucky children are spending time in jail for such things as skipping school and running away from home. The Courier Journal reports Judges across the Commonwealth have cut in half the number of kids they are incarcerating for non-criminal offenses. The data comes from the Kentucky Youth Advocates. It shows the number of jailed juveniles fell from almost 23 hundred in 2007 to just under 11 hundred last year.
The Louisville newspaper says state and local officials have agreed dealing with children who are status offenders should be done outside jail. One state representative predicts the general assembly will consider prohibiting jailing juveniles for non-criminal offenses which don’t apply to adults.