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Labeling, 2015

Label other than standard labels not specified

In Michigan, there is no specific classification for youth who commit status offenses, which include desertion of the home without sufficient cause, disobedience to the commands of parents or guardians, and truancy.

Age boundaries, 2016

  • Status offense jurisdiction

    Up through 17 years old

    No lower age specified

  • Delinquency jurisdiction

    Up through 16 years old

    No lower age specified

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In Michigan, juvenile status offenses may lead to dependency adjudications, for which no lower age is specified. Statute permits jurisdictions to develop local agreements for municipal, district, or juvenile court jurisdiction over non-delinquent civil infractions or other violations committed through age 16. The highest age a child’s conduct can be considered a status offense is 17. Non-delinquent behaviors labeled “dependent” include: running away and being beyond the control of caretakers. Jurisdiction over child-only or fine-only offenses and infractions are generally negotiated locally. M.C.L.A. § 712A.2, § 712A.2a

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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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