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 Wyoming, status offense cases are classified as Children in Need of Supervision and include habitual truancy, being a run away, habitual disobedience of reasonable and lawful demands of a parent or guardian, being ungovernable, being beyond control, and committing an offense which if committed by an adult would not constitute in a criminal offense or a violation of a municipal ordinance (except for alcohol laws).

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 Wyoming, no lower age is specified for a “child in need of supervision,” which includes those who have committed a “status offense.” The highest age a child’s conduct can be considered a status offense is 17. Non-delinquent behaviors include: running away, habitual disobedience, being ungovernable, being beyond the control of caretakers, commission of child-only offenses or violating ordinances (excluding alcohol-related ones). WY ST § 14-6-402

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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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