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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 Kentucky, status offense cases are classified as status offenders and include being beyond the control of school or beyond the control of parents, being a habitual runaway, habitual truancy, and tobacco and alcohol offenses.

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 Kentucky, no lower age is specified for a “status offense action.” The highest age a child’s conduct can be considered a status offense is 17. Non-delinquent behaviors include: conduct beyond the control of caretaker/s or the school, habitual running away, habitual truancy, and certain alcohol and tobacco offenses labeled “status offenses.” KY ST § 610.010

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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