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 Louisiana, status offense cases are classified as Families in Need of Services and include truancy, runaway, ungovernable, and sexually exploited youth. 

Age boundaries, 2016

  • Status offense jurisdiction

    Up through 17 years old

    No lower age specified

  • Delinquency jurisdiction

    10 through 16 years old

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In Louisiana, no lower age is specified for a child who is a member of a “family in need of services.” The highest age a child’s conduct can be considered a status offense is 17. Grounds that a child is a member of “a family in need of services” include: truancy and/or violating school rules, being ungovernable, running away, loitering, using deception to obtain or possessing intoxicating beverages, commission of acts under age 10 that would otherwise be considered delinquent, and cyberbullying. LSA Ch.C. Art. 728, 730

Reported data

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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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