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 Pennsylvania, status offense cases are classified as dependents and include being without proper parental care or control, truancy, and disobeying the reasonable commands of a parent or guardian.

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 Pennsylvania, status offenses are considered grounds for dependency, for which no lower age is specified, or are not under original juvenile court jurisdiction. The highest age a child’s conduct can be considered a status offense is 17. Non-delinquent (dependency) grounds include: truancy, disobedience, being ungovernable, and committing certain acts under age 10 that would otherwise be labeled delinquent. 42 Pa.C.S.A. § 6302

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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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