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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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This blurring of boundaries is crucial for questioning the independence and power of the state to define and control juvenile delinquency, which much of the current historical literature insists upon.
Negative experiences during childhood and early adolescence are not the only factors that appear to be linked to juvenile delinquency.
The juvenile court is in a unique position to provide and regulate a variety of services aimed at preventing juvenile delinquency.
Beginning around the turn of the century, Japanese officials and a burgeoning mass media latched on to juvenile delinquency as a "social problem.
KEY WORDS: childhood risk factors; early intervention; juvenile delinquency
Research has shown that 50 percent to 79 percent of male victims of child maltreatment, whose abuse occurred before age 12, later became involved in serious juvenile delinquency (Lemmon; Stouthamer-Loeber, Wei, Homish,& Loeber, 2002).
PACE's purpose is to intervene and prevent high school dropouts, juvenile delinquency, teen pregnancy, drug and alcohol addiction, and welfare dependency.
When Congress took an interest in his critique in 1954, Wertham was the star witness, appearing before the Senate Subcommittee to Investigate Juvenile Delinquency.
Produced in cooperation with the Library of Criminal Justice at Rutgers University, the service covers crime trends, crime prevention and deterrence, juvenile delinquency, juvenile justice, police, courts, punishment and sentencing.
Although his brand of hijinx and juvenile delinquency was tame by today's standards, you know he charmed the ladies (including Mrs Cleaver).
Garry, Adolescent Motherhood: Implications for the Criminal Justice System (Washington DC: Office of Juvenile Delinquency and Prevention, January 1997).
A juvenile was adjudicated delinquent under the Federal Juvenile Delinquency Act (FJDA) after he pleaded guilty to the charge of arson causing extensive property damage.

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