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Labeling, 2015

Label other than standard labels: No other label

In Iowa, status offenses are classified as chronic runaways. Chronic runaway refers to a child who is reported to law enforcement as a runaway more than once in any 30-day period or three or more times in any year. 

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 Iowa, no lower age is specified for a “child in need of assistance", "chronic runaway” or child who is a member of a “family in need of assistance.” The highest age a child’s conduct can be considered a status offense is 17. Non-delinquent (CINA) behaviors include: chronic runaway, sexual activities for hire or other prurient/offensive acts. Child-only alcohol violations are labeled delinquent acts. Truancy alone is not subject to juvenile court jurisdiction. Violations of judicially imposed conditions are not considered delinquent. Iowa Code § 232.2, § 232.127

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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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