juvenile delinquency

noun

Definition of juvenile delinquency

1 : conduct by a juvenile characterized by antisocial behavior that is beyond parental control and therefore subject to legal action
2 : a violation of the law committed by a juvenile and not punishable by death or life imprisonment

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Recent Examples on the Web Reyes has three juvenile delinquency adjudications dating back to 2017 and four pending juvenile cases, including an armed robbery case, authorities said. William Lee, chicagotribune.com, "Teen charged with two shootings months apart in Gage Park. In one of them, a man was killed while waiting for his girlfriend," 7 Dec. 2020 When Pierce was young, her mother volunteered at a youth home in Fort Wayne that engaged with juvenile delinquency cases, and Pierce and her brothers would join her in serving at holiday parties for the youth there. Holly V. Hays, The Indianapolis Star, "Sharon Pierce, longtime advocate for Indiana children and families, announces retirement," 3 Dec. 2020 In a petition for juvenile delinquency, the teen faces eight felony counts of first-degree reckless injury, and one misdemeanor count of possessing a firearm while under 18, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported. chicagotribune.com, "Boy, 15, charged in Wisconsin mall shooting that injured 8 people denied GPS monitoring by judge," 25 Nov. 2020 In a petition for juvenile delinquency, the teen faces eight felony counts of first-degree reckless injury, and one misdemeanor count of possessing a firearm while under 18. Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Commissioner orders 15-year-old Mayfair shooting suspect held in detention," 24 Nov. 2020 Hoffman's letter indicates around 100 Delaware County cases involving termination of parental rights, a Child In Need of Services (CHINS) and possibly juvenile delinquency have been affected by such activities. Holly V. Hays, The Indianapolis Star, "DCS: Reports of false drug screens affecting 100 cases in Delaware Co. under investigation," 30 Oct. 2020 That leads to a series of displays of juvenile delinquency — from arson to teen drinking to armed robbery — each of which ostensibly carries its own inherent messages. Mike Scott, NOLA.com, "The truth about ‘The True Adventures of Wolfboy’: Don't expect a scary Halloween movie," 27 Oct. 2020 The proposal did not include two positions for attorneys specializing in family law and juvenile delinquency recommended by the Sixth Amendment Center. Samantha Hogan, ProPublica, "Maine Officials Propose Doubling Budget for Agency Charged With Defending the Poor," 25 Oct. 2020 Established in 1958 with $28,000 in city funds, the committee's goal was to curb juvenile delinquency by connecting youth with jobs. Cameron Knight, The Enquirer, "Cincinnati had a jobs program for teens for 50 years. Could reviving it stop gun violence?," 22 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of juvenile delinquency

1816, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Juvenile delinquency.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/juvenile%20delinquency. Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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juvenile delinquency

noun

Medical Definition of juvenile delinquency

1 : conduct by a juvenile characterized by antisocial behavior that is subject to legal action
2 : a violation of the law committed by a juvenile that would have been a crime if committed by an adult

juvenile delinquency

noun

Legal Definition of juvenile delinquency

: a violation of the law committed by a juvenile that would have been a crime if committed by an adult also : antisocial behavior by juveniles that is subject to legal action

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