Definition of young offender in English:

young offender

noun

Law
  • 1(in the UK) a criminal from 14 to 17 years of age.

    • ‘The scheme was devised by police and Bolton Youth Offending Team to help young offenders between the ages of 10 and 17 curb crime.’
    • ‘It is obviously desirable that, where appropriate, young offenders should not be tried before the Crown Court unless this is clearly necessary.’
    • ‘There are now 50 young people being sent to young offenders institutes each month as a result of ASBOs, compared to three a month two years ago.’
    • ‘Mr Leigh also said the board needed to examine why the proportion of young offenders given jail sentences varied significantly across England and Wales.’
    • ‘They set up reform schools for persistent young offenders.’
    criminal, lawbreaker, offender, villain, black hat, delinquent, malefactor, culprit, wrongdoer, transgressor, sinner
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    1. 1.1 (in Canada) a criminal from 12 to 17 years of age.
      • ‘Half of young offenders in custody, we were told, do not have the reading age equivalent to an 11-year-old.’
      • ‘I asked him, is there a risk, when you put young offenders just out of custody, together in accommodation?’
      • ‘McAllister added that his scheme had helped young offenders convicted of robbery and burglary face up to the consequences of their crimes.’
      • ‘Next week we look at how the court deals with criminal cases involving young offenders.’
      • ‘They are smaller than young offender institutions, and are intended to provide supportive, secure custody for vulnerable young offenders.’
      • ‘Forget the tough prison sentences for young offenders.’
      • ‘A women's prison has won high praise for its work with young offenders despite operating amid a serious staff crisis.’
      • ‘He stabbed a man three times during a fight at a party and was sent to a young offenders ' prison for a year.’
      • ‘Mr Moody says he is most intent to use his role to help divert young offenders from further criminal activity.’
      • ‘Sentenced young women under 18 years of age are housed with other young offenders in this designated accommodation.’
      • ‘The final designs for the jail housing up to 40 persistent young offenders will be down to the company that produces the preferred bid.’
      • ‘It recognises the special characteristics of the young offender, and especially of the child offender.’
      • ‘More than half young offenders in custody in the past year admitted to having used Class A drugs.’
      • ‘Far less expensive than prison, this is a genuine deterrent and keeps young offenders off the street.’
      • ‘I would like to see ways of supporting young offenders within the criminal system but outside of jail.’
      • ‘Treating young offenders like adult criminals increases their chances of reoffending, it was reported yesterday.’
      • ‘Now he advocates alternatives to custody for young offenders and backs the Airborne Initiative.’
      • ‘Intensive fostering can also be used to try to keep young offenders out of custody, said the spokesman.’
      • ‘Attempts to transfer young offenders to criminal court may require a forensic evaluation of mental status and maturity.’
      • ‘This begs the question as to whether criminal prosecution, conviction and sentencing of young offenders can be rehabilitative.’

Pronunciation:

young offender

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