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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 Alaska, status offense cases are classified as Children in Need of Aid and include a child being habitually absent from home, refusing to accept available care, and engaging in conduct which places the child at substantial risk of physical or mental injury are status offense behaviors. Children in Need of Aid also include dependency matters such as being without adequate parental care, abandonment, and physical, mental, emotional, or sexual abuse.

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 Alaska, no lower age is specified for a “child in need of aid.” The highest age a child’s conduct can be considered a status offense is 17. Non-delinquent behaviors include: being habitually absent from home or refusing to accept available care and the child's conduct places the child at substantial risk of physical or mental injury. AS § 47.14.990; § 47.10.011

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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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