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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Examples of juvenile delinquency in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web He was convicted of juvenile delinquency and testified against fellow gang members. Jeremy Kahn, Fortune, "A.I. engineers should spend time training not just algorithms, but also the humans who use them," 5 May 2020 Roy Norquist, the city’s first probation officer, thought the lack of a swimming pool contributed to juvenile delinquency. David Reamer, Anchorage Daily News, "The Spa unified a generation in Anchorage. Here’s what happened to it.," 2 Feb. 2020 Among them were children with serious medical and psychiatric diagnoses, records of juvenile delinquency and histories of running away. David Jackson, ProPublica, "Thousands of Foster Children Were Sent Out of State to Mental Health Facilities Where Some Faced Abuse and Neglect," 14 Mar. 2020 In the 1950s, Mouly notes, congressional hearings were held on what lawmakers saw as a possible connection between juvenile delinquency and comics. Karen Macpherson, Washington Post, "Don’t be afraid to let children read graphic novels. They’re real books.," 27 Feb. 2020 The Enquirer requested Emma's juvenile delinquency and dependency records from Hamilton County Juvenile Court and the incident report from the Colerain Police Department. Segann March, Cincinnati.com, "Coroner: Bodily trauma not involved in 15-year-old Emma Roberts' death," 26 Feb. 2020 The working groups have topics such as homeland security, juvenile delinquency and youth crime, police officer health, social problems impacting public safety and reduction of crime. Tom Jackman, Washington Post, "Attorney General Barr launches presidential commission on law enforcement," 22 Jan. 2020 The new officers will be tasked with following individual cases of juvenile delinquency, Mr. Shea said, in an effort to rehabilitate young people involved in crimes. Ben Chapman, WSJ, "New York Police Department to Focus on Preventing Youth Crime," 29 Jan. 2020 A year later, California became the first state to drop all administrative fees in juvenile delinquency cases. Annie Sciacca, The Mercury News, "Contra Costa to stop collecting court fees from people getting out of jail or on probation," 18 Sep. 2019

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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 2 Jun. 2020.

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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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