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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Youth will be referred to Contractor from two sources: a) Nebraska Juvenile Probation Intake Screening for youth presenting to Intake Detention who are not already on Probation and who, according to their risk level, should not be securely detained and b) Douglas County Attorney Office or Juvenile Assessment Center for youth whose parents have contacted the juvenile justice system for legal intervention in status offense behaviors.
5 million delinquency cases and more than 140,000 status offense cases that courts with juvenile jurisdiction processed in 2009.
37) The rationale for punishing this behavior as a status offense is that truancy is often seen as a "gateway" to further criminal behavior as truants often skip school to participate in crime of some sort.
Because of this, when juveniles commit a crime, especially a status offense such as truancy or alcohol use, they should often be treated rather than punished.
Joseph Tulman, professor of law at the University of the District of Columbia, has had great success in at keeping children facing delinquency and status offense (truancy, ungovernable) charges in the home through ensuring their special educational needs are met.
Five youths in the treatment group were charged with a felony or misdemeanor other than shoplifting, 5 with a status offense (e.
Regardless of the specific criminal or status offense, delinquent adolescent females often exhibit other troubling behaviors that do not subside with adjudication, referral, or other sanctions.
The South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice, a state cabinet agency, is responsible for providing custodial care and rehabilitation for the state's 10-to-17-year old juveniles who are incarcerated, on probation or parole for a criminal or status offense.
So he came back and introduced a bill, essentially, to make homosexuality a crime again but turning it from a status offense into an act.
For the most part, juvenile courts have jurisdiction over three main categories of cases: delinquency; abuse and neglect; and status offense cases (for example, truancy and underage drinking).
Not only are status offenses typically considered to be very minor offenses, it is also critical to note that the increase in status offense arrests in Hawaii has largely been the product of increasingly enhanced police efforts to make these arrests (Kassebaum et al.
4) However, this research differs in significant respects from past research because it focuses on differences between the processing of delinquency and status offense (dependency) cases, rather than simply the juvenile justice system in general.