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youthful offender

or youth offender

[yooth-fuh l uh-fen-der or yooth uh-fen-der] /ˈyuθ fəl əˈfɛn dər or ˈyuθ əˌfɛn dər/
noun
1.
a young delinquent, especially a first offender, usually from 14 to 21 years old, whom the court tries to correct and guide rather than to punish as a criminal.
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  • And every youthful offender ought to have the same right, also, even if he paid by instalments.

    London's Underworld Thomas Holmes
  • But promptly and certainly when circumstances justify the committal to a State reformatory, the youthful offender should go.

    London's Underworld Thomas Holmes
  • This plan being adopted let everything be done to reform the youthful offender while in jail.

    The Twin Hells John N. Reynolds
  • As he was conveyed thither, an incident occurred that produced a considerable impression on the feelings of the youthful offender.

    Jack Sheppard, Vol. II (of III) W. Harrison Ainsworth
  • What good can possibly come either to the State or to the youthful offender?

    London's Underworld Thomas Holmes
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