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youthful offender

or youth of·fend·er

[ yooth-fuhluh-fen-der or yoothuh-fen-der ]
/ ˈyuθ fəl əˈfɛn dər or ˈyuθ əˌfɛn dər /
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noun

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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