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Massachusetts

In Massachusetts, running away from home, repeatedly disobeying the lawful commands of a parent or guardian, truancy, and failing to obey school regulations 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 7, while the lower age for status offense jurisdiction is 6.

Status offense cases are classified as children in need of service. The juvenile court has jurisdiction over status offenders and delinquents. A court may extend jurisdiction until a juvenile reaches 21.