Status Offense

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Status Offense

A type of crime that is not based upon prohibited action or inaction but rests on the fact that the offender has a certain personal condition or is of a specified character.

Vagrancy—the act of traveling from place to place with no visible means of support—is an example of a status offense.

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Sprott and Doob argue that in both the US and Canada young people are being incarcerated for 'normal' youthful behaviour and that these status offences are being used disproportionately with girls, thus pushing girls into the justice system.