youthful offenders


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youthful offenders

n. under-age people accused of crimes, who are processed through a juvenile court and juvenile detention or prison facilities. In most states a youthful offender is under the age of 18. Often a court has the latitude to try some young defendants as adults, particularly for repeat offenders who appear to be beyond rehabilitation and are involved in major crimes like murder, manslaughter, armed robbery, rape, or aggravated assault. A youthful offender has certain advantages: he/she will be kept in a juvenile prison instead of a penitentiary, is more likely than an adult to get probation, can only receive a maximum prison sentence not to exceed a 25th birthday or some other limitation, and cannot get the death penalty.

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BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that ACA supports sentencing policies that hold youthful offenders accountable in an age-appropriate way, while focusing on rehabilitation and reintegration into society.
Eighty-four youthful offenders, 58 males and 26 females, agreed to be sentenced through the Whatcom County Teen Court program.
If one governor commuted the sentences of 50 percent of his state's youthful, offenders who are serving Iife sentences with no chance for parole, there would still, be 90 such youthful offenders in prison in his state.
Steinberg is a driving force behind the MacArthur Network, a group of developmental psychologists, criminologists, and lawyers who are mapping best practices for how the law should deal with youthful offenders.
On the other, they are consistent with the manner in which youthful offenders were sanctioned in the past.
includes a segregated housing section for youthful offenders sent there by county judges to serve adult sentences.
It is particularly important for youthful offenders to learn that criminality is a choice, since long-term patterns of violent criminal behavior generally begin during the juvenile years and grow in intensity--it is rare when a murder, rape, or assault is a criminal's first crime.
Corrections records cover adults who have been convicted of a crime and sentenced to a state facility, including some youthful offenders (persons age 17-21 who have been tried and convicted as adults).
Screening and classification processes, both at intake and at regular intervals, to ensure that specialized and/or units house only youthful offenders in need of such treatment;
The move brought Massachusetts in line with a majority of states that believe youthful offenders are best dealt with in the juvenile court system, which is more structured to deal with the multiplicity of challenges young people face.
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