delinquent child | Definition

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

A delinquent child is a child or adolescent who has engaged in behavior that would be considered a crime if it were committed by an adult.

In the juvenile justice system context, a delinquent child is a juvenile who has been involved in a delinquent act or illegal behavior. Delinquent children are typically referred to the juvenile justice system for evaluation and potential intervention. They may be ordered to participate in rehabilitation, education, or other services as part of their treatment.

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Last Modified: 01/09/2023


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