Status Offender Program (SOP)
Through SOP, YSI provides transportation services from midnight to 8am for youth ages 12-17 who have been detained by Philadelphia police for minor offenses, also known as status offenses such as shoplifting, trespassing, and curfew violation. The youth are deemed releasable to a parent or guardian.
Prior to the implementation of the Status Offender Program, releasable juveniles were regularly being held in secure detention at local police stations. The processing of these youth often took up to 13 hours.
SOP staff transports status offenders from police district to their homes or YES when called by Philadelphia police. Youth who cannot be returned home (the parent does not answer the phone or the door) are escorted to YES, where they will spend the remainder of the night and be taken to DHS in the morning.
SOP will also offer intervention and referral services to youth and their parents, as needed.