Definition of young offender in English:

young offender


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

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


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