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 Georgia, status offense cases are classified as Children in Need of Services and include truancy, habitual disobedience of the reasonable demands of parents or guardian and being ungovernable, running away from home, committing an offense applicable only to a child, violation of curfew, violation of a court order, patronizing a bar without parental supervision, possession of alcohol, commitment of a delinquent act and being in need of supervision. 

Age boundaries, 2016

  • Status offense jurisdiction

    Up through 17 years old

    No lower age specified

  • Delinquency jurisdiction

    Up through 16 years old

    No lower age specified

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In Georgia, no lower age is specified for a “child in need of services.” The highest age a child’s conduct can be considered a status offense is 17. Non-delinquent behaviors include: truancy, disobedient and ungovernable conduct, running away, committing child-only offenses, wandering/loitering in a public place between midnight and 5am, possessing alcohol, or patronizing a bar without a parent. Ga. Code § 15-11-2

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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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