delinquent act | Definition

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

A delinquent act is an act that would be considered a crime if it were committed by an adult.

In the context of the juvenile justice system, a delinquent act is a specific type of behavior that is engaged in by a juvenile and prohibited by law. Delinquent acts can range from minor offenses, such as truancy or vandalism, to more serious crimes, such as theft, assault, or drug offenses. Delinquent acts are typically addressed through the juvenile justice system, which is designed to provide education, rehabilitation, and other services to juveniles who are involved in the criminal justice system.

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Last Modified: 01/09/2023


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