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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A non-profit organization, One Heart provides a comprehensive restorative justice solution, offering a second chance to youthful offenders in the Kansas City metro area, as well as other parts of Kansas and Missouri.
WHEREAS, youthful offenders convicted of serious and/or violent crimes should be held accountable in a way that reflects human rights, values and moral beliefs; and
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It seeks the Court to lay down suitable guidelines to be followed by all judicial authorities in sentencing persons who have committed offences as children or young persons under the age of 16 years or as youthful offenders under the age of 18 years.
Three, aged 16 will be tried as youthful offenders, while three other girls under 16 will be tried as juveniles.
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Since the early 1980s, Teen Courts have provided youthful offenders with an alternative to the standard juvenile justice system.
The bill further revises current law, which only permits one category of young adult offenders to be housed with youthful offenders while another category is precluded--now both categories of young adult offenders could be housed with youthful offenders.
They spent months crisscrossing the state in search of youthful offenders, parents and agency employees who risked their careers by complaining about the abuses they witnessed.