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 Mississippi, status offense cases are classified as Children in Need of Supervision and includes truancy, running away from home, being disobedient to parental or guardians commands, or committing a delinquent act.

Age boundaries, 2016

  • Status offense jurisdiction

    7 through 17 years old

  • Delinquency jurisdiction

    10 through 17 years old

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In Mississippi, a “child in need of supervision” must be at least 7 years old. The highest age a child’s conduct can be considered a status offense is 17. From age 7-10 a child can be labeled a “child in need of supervision” for committing a delinquent act. Other non-delinquent conduct includes: truancy, habitual disobedience, being ungovernable, being beyond control at school, and running away. Miss. Code Ann. § 43-21-105

Reported data

About this project

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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