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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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In some ways, the Supreme Court's decisions in In re Gault and related cases fundamentally altered the juvenile justice system--beyond simply the provision of due process rights to juvenile delinquents. As a result of In re Gault and other cases affirming the right of juvenile delinquents to due process, states began transferring more serious juvenile cases to adult court, paring down confidentiality protections provided to juveniles at trial, and enumerating rationales for the juvenile justice system beyond parens patriae.
The respondents were male juvenile delinquents who were detained in borstal jail Faisalabad Punjab, Pakistan either convicted or accepted (under trail) their crime.
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 Cognitive Dissonance of 57 Juvenile Delinquent Girls with that of 215 Typical High School Students.
Prosecutors would retain the discretion to proceed against anyone under the age of 18 as a juvenile delinquent.
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).
Similar points are made in Jeter, Chicago Juvenile Court, 40-41; Shaw and Myers, "Juvenile Delinquent," 678; and Citizens' Police Committee, Chicago Police Problems, 172-173.
In the past, for example, it proved almost impossible for a juvenile delinquent to steal the amount of funds that a white collar criminal, such as an embezzler, could purloin.
Billy The Kid BBC2, 1.30pm ROBERT TAYLOR stars as the Wild West's most notorious juvenile delinquent in this action-packed Western, with Brian Donlevy as Pat Garrett, the marshal determined to bring him to justice - although just to confuse things, he's called Jim Sherwood in this offering.
When Riverview tries to send him to a juvenile delinquent high school for his truancy, he manages to secure a spot at the Wheaton School.
The suspects, including two junior high school and five high school students from Tokorozawa, Saitama Prefecture, are part of an estimated 20-member juvenile delinquent group that hangs out at Tokorozawa Station on Seibu lines, the police said.
In "Teen-Demon Tracts," an essay about new parenting books (page 52), Chris Lehmann deflates hysteria about contemporary teens by turning to the relevant social science (and his own past as something of a juvenile delinquent).

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