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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 North Carolina, status offense cases are classified as undisciplined juveniles and include being unlawfully absent from school, regularly disobedient to and beyond the disciplinary control of the juvenile's parent, guardian, or custodian, being regularly found in places where it is unlawful for a juvenile to be or running away from home for a period of more than 24 hours.

Age boundaries, 2016

  • Status offense jurisdiction

    6 through 17 years old

  • Delinquency jurisdiction

    6 through 15 years old

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In North Carolina, an “undisciplined juvenile” must be at least 6 years old. The highest age a child’s conduct can be considered a status offense is 17. Non-delinquent behaviors include: truancy (up through age 15), disobedience, running away, and being ‘regularly found in places where it is unlawful for a juvenile to be.’ Other child-only infractions are labeled ‘delinquent’ or under municipal court jurisdiction. NC ST § 7B-1501

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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