delinquency | Definition

Doc's CJ Glossary by Adam J. McKee
Course: Juvenile Justice

In the juvenile justice context, delinquency refers to behavior that would be considered a crime if an adult committed it.

Juvenile delinquency is a term used to describe the involvement of children and adolescents in illegal or harmful activities, and it is the focus of the juvenile justice system. Juvenile delinquency can range from minor offenses, such as truancy or vandalism, to more serious crimes, such as theft, assault, or drug offenses.

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Last Modified: 01/09/2023


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