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 Colorado, status offense cases are classified as status offenders or neglected or dependent children and include running away, being beyond the control of parents or guardian, and behavior or conduct which would not be a crime if committed by an adult. 

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 Colorado, no lower age is specified for a “juvenile”, “status offender” or “dependent child” who has run away or is beyond the control of his/her parent, guardian, or legal custodian. The highest age a child’s conduct can be considered a status offense is 17. Non-delinquent behaviors include: running away and being beyond control, which are grounds for “Neglected or Dependent” adjudications. The term “status offense” appears in statute related to alcohol and marijuana possession relating to the Indian Child Welfare Act; but a state violation would be filed as a delinquency petition or as a child-only offense that is not under juvenile court jurisdiction. C.R.S.A. § 19–2–104, 19-3-102, 19-2-513

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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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