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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Majority of the families of juvenile delinquents didn"t have any type of criminal history
Along transformational role, the function that ranked 1 (34 responses or 68%) was "enforcing the laws, policies, regulations or ordinances, giving due respect to the children's rights and understanding juvenile delinquents and letting them feel that they are not outcasts but important members in the community.
Comparing the Hall-Marks for Success in a Democracy of 57 Juvenile Delinquent Girls with that of 461 Typical High School Students.
In residential treatment facilities, adolescent sex offenders and other juvenile delinquents are frequently placed together, but most experts advocate offense-specific treatment for sex offenders (Knopp, 1985).
Even as Ruben advances into corporate and political success, does he really change from the juvenile delinquent he was as a youth?
Tenders are invited for provide services that divert alleged or adjudicated juvenile delinquent and pins youth from detention or residential placement, through the provision of evidence informed alternative to detention programs and for the provision of aftercare services and supports for youth and families after detention has occurred where diversion was not a viable option.
These cases are settled in accordance with certain regulations and by taking into account the age of the juvenile delinquent.
With his spiked hair, piercings, and allblack clothing, 13-year-old Jake looks the part of the juvenile delinquent he's supposed to be.
Wullie walked a fine line between indulging in boyhood pranks and becoming Dundee's worst juvenile delinquent.
Detweiler (voiced by Andy Lawrence) is a prankster and a regular visitor in the office of Principal Prickly (Dabney Coleman), but he's no juvenile delinquent in the making.
But the "stigma" of having been a juvenile delinquent should only be of concern insofar as it incorrectly characterizes an individual who has been able to reform his life since his brief brush with the law as a juvenile.
He'll poke fun at conventional wisdom, hold a mirror up to the system and, now get this, tell the truth - a pretty big step for a former juvenile delinquent.

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