young offender

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A person below the legal age of consent who has committed an indictable offense that comes to trial and, because of the defendant's age, is tried before a juvenile court. This has the advantage that in many jurisdictions there are more effective rehabilitation measures available than in the adult criminal justice system. The age range for young offenders varies according to the jurisdiction and sometimes is adjusted according to the severity of the offense.

Subjects: Law — Public Health and Epidemiology.

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