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ju·ve·nile de·lin·quen·cy

(jū'vĕ-nil dĕ-lingk'wĕn-sē)
An older term used to describe the behavior of teenagers acting in a manner inconsistent with societal expectations. Cf. sociopath, antisocial personality disorder.
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juvenile delinquency

Criminal behaviour by a young person. Juvenile delinquency has a peak incidence around fifteen or sixteen years of age and is commonly associated with peer pressures to conform, parental neglect and lack of social opportunity to direct energy into more acceptable channels. There is often a poor school record, with truancy and resentment of authority. Most delinquents eventually learn to conform to generally acceptable patterns of behaviour.
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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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When a violent, predatory youthful offender poses an undue risk of harm to other youths within the specialized unit or prison; or
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Such specialized facilities or units should be designed to meet the security risks and programming needs of those youthful offenders under the age of majority who are transferred to adult jurisdictions.
"There was to be no copies, no dissemination of any of the discovery material on that youthful offender case.
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Bright and enthusiastic instructors emerged from all sectors of the division, including reentry, mental health, administration, legal, the youthful offender system and operations.
CRA is a therapeutic community for males sentenced under the state's Youthful Offender Act who are deemed good candidates for successful rehabilitation and reentry because of their short criminal histories.
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