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Labeling, 2015

Label other than standard labels: Truant

In Delaware, status offenses are classified as truants. 

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 Delaware, no lower age is specified for a child’s conduct that “imperils any family relationship” or for child-only violations. The highest age a child’s conduct can be considered a status offense is 17. Family court has original jurisdiction over some fine-only motor offenses committed by a child; concurrent jurisdiction with Justice of the Peace Court for curfew violations; and appellate jurisdiction over truancy cases from Justice Court. DE ST § 301, DE ST TI 10 § 901; 921

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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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