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 Kansas, status offense cases are classified as Children in Need of Care and include truancy, commission of an act which would not be a crime if committed by an adult, being a runaway, violation of a court order involving placement, and committing a delinquent act under the age of 10. Children in Need of Care also include dependency matters such as being without adequate parental care, abandonment, and physical, mental, emotional, or sexual abuse.

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 Kansas, no lower age is specified for a “child in need of care.” The highest age a child’s conduct can be considered a status offense is 17. Non-delinquent conduct includes: some child-only violations, truancy, running away, and conduct under age 10 that would otherwise be considered delinquent acts. K.S.A. 38-2202, 38-2302

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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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