The Reporter: Truancy Court in Solano County makes impact

By Joel Rosenbaum/

Steven Young, 11, of Fairfield, and his mother, Antia, appeared in Solano Count Superior Court during a Truancy Court proceeding on Wednesday. Judge Robert C. Fracchia dismissed Young’s case upon successful completion of Truancy Court. Saturday marks the one-year anniversary of the truancy court, which hears cases involving the parents of elementary school children in grades kindergarten through sixth who have at least five or more days of unexcused absences. Truancy Court was established as a collaborative effort between the Solano County District Attorney’s Office, Solano County Office of Education and Solano County Superior Court. Since last fall, 41 parents have been referred by county school districts to the DA’s office for prosecution. “The purpose of Truancy Court is to ensure that every child in Solano County attends school on a regular basis as required by law. By preventing unexcused absences, we hope to improve the educational and job prospects of each child, and thereby reduce crime. Those children who do not graduate from high school are eight times more likely to end up in jail or prison than those who do graduate. Education is crime prevention, plain and simple,” said Solano County District Attorney Donald A. du Bain.

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