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Louisiana

In Louisiana, truancy, being a runaway and being ungovernable are status offense behaviors. The upper age for delinquency jurisdiction is 16, while the upper age for status offense jurisdiction is 17. The lower age for delinquency jurisdiction is 10, while the lower age for status offense jurisdiction is not specified.

Status offense cases are classified as families in need of services. Four parishes have separate juvenile courts, one parish has a family court, and in all of the other parishes, district or city courts have jurisdiction over status offenders and delinquents. A court may extend jurisdiction until a juvenile reaches 21.