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.
- Also youth of·fend·er [yoothuh-fen-der] /ˈyuθ əˌfɛn dər/ .
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How to use youthful offender in a sentence
He will be tried as a youthful offender, and faces anywhere from two years to life in prison if convicted.There’s No ‘Reverse Trayvon’ in Christopher Lane Killing | Jamelle Bouie | August 23, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
And every youthful offender ought to have the same right, also, even if he paid by instalments.
But promptly and certainly when circumstances justify the committal to a State reformatory, the youthful offender should go.
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?