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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 Arizona, status offense cases are classified as incorrigible children and include habitual truancy, being a runaway, failing to obey a court order, refusing to obey a parent or guardian, behaving in a manner which injures the morals or health of the juvenile or others, and committing an offense which can only be committed by a minor.

Age boundaries, 2016

  • Status offense jurisdiction

    8 through 17 years old

  • Delinquency jurisdiction

    8 through 17 years old

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In Arizona, the lowest age a child can be adjudicated an “incorrigible child” is age 8, as youth with similar conduct under that age are labeled dependent. The highest age a child’s conduct can be considered a status offense is 17. Non-delinquent behaviors include: being disobedient, being beyond the control of caretakers, being habitually truant, habitually endangering self or others, running away, failing to obey the court, and child-only infractions. AZ ST § 8-201

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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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