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 Oklahoma, status offense cases are classified as Children in Need of Supervision and include being a runaway, truancy, disobeying the reasonable and lawful commands of a parent or guardian, being served with an ex parte, or protective order.

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 Oklahoma, no lower age is specified for a “child or juvenile in need of supervision.” The highest age a child’s conduct can be considered a status offense is 17. Non-delinquent behaviors include: disobedience, running away truancy. The ‘child/juvenile in need of supervision’ designation also includes those served with an ex parte or final protective order pursuant to the Protection from Domestic Abuse Act. Other child-only offenses are labeled ‘delinquent’ (except traffic, motor, boating, and wildlife conservation violations under jurisdiction of the municipal court). 10A Okl.St.Ann. § 2-1-103

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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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