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 Rhode Island, status offense cases are classified as wayward children and include desertion of the home, habitual association with immoral persons, leading an immoral life, disobeying the reasonable and lawful commands of a parent or guardian, and truancy.

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 Rhode Island, no lower age is specified for a “wayward” child. The highest age a child’s conduct can be considered a status offense is 17. Non-delinquent behaviors include: running away, disobedience, truancy, leading an immoral or vicious life, habitually associating with dissolute, vicious, or immoral persons, marijuana possession, and violation of any laws/ordinances except motor vehicle operation. In Rhode Island, delinquency mainly refers to felonious behavior, so the wayward label encompasses higher-level offenses than in other states. RI ST § 14-1-3

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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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