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young offender


a young criminal, esp. a first offender; also called [youthful offender], youth offender


Young offenders are often rehabilitated rather than punished as criminals.

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  • It was a clear case—the young offender was seen in the act, and the pocket-book was found in his possession.

    City Crimes Greenhorn
  • It is too true that a sentence to the penitentiary for a first term is the irretrievable ruin of the young offender.

    The Twin Hells John N. Reynolds

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