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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 Vermont, status offense cases are classified as Children in Need of Care or Supervision and include truancy and being beyond the control of parents or guardians.  Children in Need of Care or Supervision also include those without proper parental care or subsistence, education, medical, or other care necessary for his or her well-being.

Age boundaries, 2016

  • Status offense jurisdiction

    Up through 17 years old

    No lower age specified

  • Delinquency jurisdiction

    10 through 17 years old

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In Vermont, no lower age is specified for a “child in need of care or supervision.” The highest age a child’s conduct can be considered a status offense is 17. Non-delinquent behaviors include: truancy or being beyond control (only up through age 15), or being at high risk of harm to self or others (up through age 17.5) due to problems including substances (D&A), prostitution, or homelessness. VT ST T. 33 § 5102

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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