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 Nebraska, status offense cases are classified as status offenders and include conduct which would not be a crime if committed by an adult, including, but not limited to obtaining, selling, or dispensing alcohol, being habitually truant from home or school, and being wayward or habitually disobedient and uncontrolled by parents, guardians, or custodians.

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 Nebraska, no lower age is specified for a juvenile “status offender.” The highest age a child’s conduct can be considered a status offense is 17. Non-delinquent behaviors include: being wayward or habitually disobedient, being uncontrolled by the caretaker, endangering the morals or health of self or others, running away, habitual truancy, and age-related alcohol offenses. [Starting in July 2017, status offenses other than alcohol-related ones are labeled as such only if at least age 11.] Neb.Rev.St. § 43-245, 43-247

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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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