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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 Ohio, status offense cases are classified as unruly children and include truancy, disobeying the reasonable control of parents or guardians, and behaving in a manner as to injure the health or morals of the child or others.

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 Ohio, no lower age is specified for an “unruly child.” The highest age a child’s conduct can be considered a status offense is 17. Non-delinquent behaviors include: truancy, when the child won’t submit to control or is otherwise wayward/disobedient, or being a danger to self or others. When truancy becomes habitual or chronic, youth may be adjudicated delinquent. Other child-only offenses are labeled 'delinquent' or under municipal court jurisdiction. OH ST § 2151.011, 2151.022

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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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