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Status offender classification

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Jurisdictional Boundaries

Q: How are status offenders classified in each state?

A: States use many different terms to classify status offenders. Some terms, such as child in need of services or child in need of supervision, relate to the needs of the juvenile. Other terms, such as unruly child or chronic runaway, describe the juvenile's behavior.

(Click on the state name for additional information)