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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. A.C.A. § 9–27–303, 306

Reported data

About this project

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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