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1. failing to do that which is required by law or obligation.
2. a person who neglects a legal obligation.
juvenile delinquent a juvenile offender; an individual who commits a violation of the law within the jurisdiction of the juvenile court system.
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Q. Can someone please explain the reason for juvenile delinquency?

A. Juvenile delinquency is not necessarily a trait of bipolar disorder, although it is possible for a person with bipolar disorder to act on impulse while experiencing an episode. To use Justins example, shop lifting, an adult in a manic episode may spend all of their money without thought or reason, where a child/youth may not have money to spend which may lead to shop lifting. In a manic episode Justin is right the lines between right and wrong can be blurred, thus the person suffering may make poor decisions and can find themselves in trouble with the law.

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Actuellement, un veritable sentiment de malaise et d'inquietude s'installe dans les milieux de la societe, plus specialement les femmes, cible de predilection des delinquants. On ne peut alors que deprecier energiquement cette situation alarmante qui seme une grande sensation d'emoi et de desarroi.
Les dernieres descentes mixtes dans les poches de la delinquance et de la criminalite intra et extra-muros qui en sont la preuve ont permis l'arrestation de plusieurs delinquants et criminels recidivistes recherches.
Il a ajoute, egalement, qu'un groupe de jeunes delinquants ont essaye, vendredi soir, d'entrer par force au poste de police de Bouselssla et la Marsa et que 22 autres personnes ont ete arretees.