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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 Wisconsin, status offense cases are classified as Juveniles Alleged to be in Need of Protection or Services and include being uncontrollable, habitual truancy from school, habitual truancy from home and being a school dropout.

Age boundaries, 2016

  • Status offense jurisdiction

    Up through 17 years old

    No lower age specified

  • Delinquency jurisdiction

    10 through 16 years old

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In Wisconsin, no lower age is specified for a “juvenile alleged to be in need of protection or services” or youth that commit (non-delinquent) violations of civil laws or ordinances that are under juvenile court jurisdiction. The highest age a child’s conduct can be considered a status offense is 17. Non-delinquent behaviors include: being uncontrollable, truant from school, habitually truant from home (running away), committing an act under age 10 that would otherwise be labeled delinquent, and when youth are respondents to restraining orders. Certain child-only and fine-only ordinances up through age 16 are under juvenile court jurisdiction. Municipal truancy and school dropout ordinances may affect local practice differently for youth over age 12. W.S.A. § 48.13, § 938.02, § 938.13; § 938.17, 938.125

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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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