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Habitual truancy can be defined as unexcused absences from school by a minor that exceed the number of such absences allowed under state law. Each state has its own school attendance laws, which specify:

  • The age at which a child must begin school
  • The age at which a youth can legally drop out of school
  • The number of unexcused absences that constitute truancy under the law 

The costs of truancy are high. Truancy has been clearly identified as one of the early warning signs that youths potentially are headed for delinquent activity, social isolation, or educational failure.



OJP Publications

Lessons Learned From Four Truancy Demonstration Sites, OJJDP-Sponsored, December 2006

OJJDP 2015 Annual Report - Moving Ahead: Our Commitment To Reforming the Juvenile Justice System, OJJDP, March 2018

The Importance of Diversity and Inclusion in the Forensic Sciences, NIJ, March 2018

Juveniles in Residential Placement, 2015, OJJDP, March 2018

Delinquency Cases in Juvenile Court, 2014, OJJDP, March 2018

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