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 Connecticut, status offense cases are classified as Families with Service Needs and include running away from home, being beyond the control of parents or guardians, being a truant or continually defiant of school rules and regulations, engaging in indecent or immoral conduct, or engaging in sexual intercourse with another person 13 years of age or older and not more than 2 years older or younger than the child.

Age boundaries, 2016

  • Status offense jurisdiction

    7 through 17 years old

  • Delinquency jurisdiction

    7 through 17 years old

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In Connecticut, a “family with service needs” includes a child at least 7 years old. The highest age a child’s conduct can be considered a status offense is 17. Non-delinquent behaviors include: running away, being beyond control, indecent or immoral conduct, being truant or overtly defiant at school, committing alcohol/tobacco-related offenses, and some sexual behaviors, such as intercourse over age 13 with someone close in age. Conn. Gen. Stat. Ann. § 46b–120

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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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