Definition of young offender in English:

young offender


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

    • ‘They set up reform schools for persistent young offenders.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The scheme was devised by police and Bolton Youth Offending Team to help young offenders between the ages of 10 and 17 curb crime.’
    • ‘Mr Leigh also said the board needed to examine why the proportion of young offenders given jail sentences varied significantly across England and Wales.’
    • ‘It is obviously desirable that, where appropriate, young offenders should not be tried before the Crown Court unless this is clearly necessary.’
    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.
      • ‘Forget the tough prison sentences for young offenders.’
      • ‘This begs the question as to whether criminal prosecution, conviction and sentencing of young offenders can be rehabilitative.’
      • ‘Sentenced young women under 18 years of age are housed with other young offenders in this designated accommodation.’
      • ‘They are smaller than young offender institutions, and are intended to provide supportive, secure custody for vulnerable young offenders.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Intensive fostering can also be used to try to keep young offenders out of custody, said the spokesman.’
      • ‘I would like to see ways of supporting young offenders within the criminal system but outside of jail.’
      • ‘McAllister added that his scheme had helped young offenders convicted of robbery and burglary face up to the consequences of their crimes.’
      • ‘Mr Moody says he is most intent to use his role to help divert young offenders from further criminal activity.’
      • ‘A women's prison has won high praise for its work with young offenders despite operating amid a serious staff crisis.’
      • ‘Treating young offenders like adult criminals increases their chances of reoffending, it was reported yesterday.’
      • ‘Next week we look at how the court deals with criminal cases involving young offenders.’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘It recognises the special characteristics of the young offender, and especially of the child offender.’
      • ‘Attempts to transfer young offenders to criminal court may require a forensic evaluation of mental status and maturity.’
      • ‘The final designs for the jail housing up to 40 persistent young offenders will be down to the company that produces the preferred bid.’
      • ‘Now he advocates alternatives to custody for young offenders and backs the Airborne Initiative.’
      • ‘He stabbed a man three times during a fight at a party and was sent to a young offenders ' prison for a year.’


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