youthful offender

or youth of·fend·er

[ yooth-fuh l uh-fen-der or yooth uh-fen-der ]
/ ˈyuθ fəl əˈfɛn dər or ˈyuθ əˌfɛn dər /


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. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019