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Mississippi

In Mississippi, conduct which would not be a crime if committed by an adult, being over seven years old and committing any of the following acts: truancy, running away from home, being disobedient to parental or guardians commands, or committing a delinquent act are all status offense behaviors. The upper age for delinquency jurisdiction and status offense jurisdiction is 17. The lower age for delinquency jurisdiction is 10, while the lower age for status offense jurisdiction is 7.

Status offense cases are classified as children in need of service or status offenders. County courts have jurisdiction over status offenders and delinquent youth; in counties with no county court, chancery courts have jurisdiction over status offenders and delinquents. A court may extend jurisdiction until a juvenile reaches 20.