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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 Arkansas, status offense cases are classified as Families in Need of Services and include truancy, being a runaway, and disobeying the reasonable and lawful commands of a parent or guardian.

Age boundaries, 2016

  • Status offense jurisdiction

    Up through 17 years old

    No lower age specified

  • Delinquency jurisdiction

    10 through 17 years old

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In Arkansas, no lower age is specified for a child/juvenile who is a member of a “family in need of services.” The highest age a child’s conduct can be considered a status offense is 17. Non-delinquent behaviors include: habitual truancy, disobedience and running away. At times, adjudicated youth in foster care can request to remain under the court’s jurisdiction up to age 21. AR ST§ 9–27–303, 306

Reported data

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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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