juvenile delinquent


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juvenile delinquent

n. a person who is under age (usually below 18), who is found to have committed a crime in states which have declared by law that a minor lacks responsibility and thus may not be sentenced as an adult. However, the legislatures of several states have reduced the age of criminal responsibility for serious crimes or for repeat offenders to as low as 14. (See: juvenile court)

juvenile delinquent

noun blameworthy child, blameworthy minor, culpable youth, derelict adolescent, derelict inexperienced person, derelict junior, immature youngster, misbehaving teenager, miscreant, misguided teen, misguided young person, neglectful fledgling, offending immature person, violator under age, young wrongdoer
See also: criminal
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39, whereas mean age for violent and nonviolent juvenile delinquents was 16.
not only frightened 17 juvenile delinquents into reevaluating their lives, it also terrified an entire generation of youth who, for the first time, saw the consequences of breaking the law and the brutal realities of life in prison.
Authorities were considering a range of motives, from possible "social cleansing" of suspected juvenile delinquents by vigilante squads to Satanic cults.
Their help has been instrumental in capturing rapists, graffiti taggers, burglars and juvenile delinquents, police say.
It progressed to a potter's field, a military arsenal and parade ground, a reformatory, and after the House of Refuge for the Society for the Protection of Juvenile Delinquents burned down in 1839, the city gradually turned it into a park, which was opened to the public in 1847 and was named for President James Madison, who lived in New York for a short time on Cherry Street.
The Utah Ad Hoc committee for Juvenile Delinquents protocols combine proven treatment methods linked together to produce possible significant results in treating drug and alcohol abusers.
I gave mine the toughest test known to man: I let seven neighborhood juvenile delinquents try to break it.
Juvenile delinquents serving sentences are protected under the fair housing law's familial status protections.
The results of the present study demonstrate that it is possible to significantly improve reading skills for low-achieving juvenile delinquents with a relatively brief intervention.
The juvenile officer concluded that public safety could be assured if the boy was detained in an institution for juvenile delinquents.
A novel treatment program tested on jailed juvenile delinquents significantly reduced the number of repeat offenders.
There is extensive research on the reading grade levels of juvenile delinquents.

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