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Labeling, 2015

Spectrum of labels

Victim Child welfare perspective
Offender Public safety perspective
  • In need of aid, assistance, or care

  • In need of services

  • In need of supervision

  • Unruly

  • Status offender

In Alabama, status offense cases are classified as Children In Need of Supervision or status offenders and includes truancy, being a runaway, being beyond the control of parents or guardians, driving under the influence, consumption or possession of alcohol and tobacco products, and committing an offense established by law but not classified as criminal, and violation of municipal ordinances.

Age boundaries, 2016

  • Status offense jurisdiction

    Up through 17 years old

    No lower age specified

  • Delinquency jurisdiction

    Up through 17 years old

    No lower age specified

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In Alabama, no lower age is specified for a “child in need of supervision” or “status offender.” The highest age a child’s conduct can be considered a status offense is 17. Non-delinquent behaviors include: truancy, running away, beyond control, and some child-only violations (alcohol, tobacco, etc.). Ala. Code § 12-15-102, 201

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Juvenile Justice GPS (Geography, Policy, Practice, Statistics) is a project to develop a repository providing state policy makers and system stakeholders with a clear understanding of the juvenile justice landscape in the states.

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