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 Florida, status offense cases are classified as Children in Need of Services and include running away from parents or guardians, habitual truancy, being beyond the control of parents or guardians and disobedience of the reasonable demands of parents or guardians.

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 Florida, no lower age is specified for a “child in need of service.” The highest age a child’s conduct can be considered a status offense is 17. Non-delinquent behaviors include: running away, truancy, disobedience, and conduct beyond control. The statute assigns court procedures to the Florida Rules of Juvenile Procedure and non-judicial rules to DJJ. Petitions are typically filed after DJJ intervention refusal or failure. Fla. Stat. § 984.03; § 984.04; § 984.15; § 985.0301

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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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