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Juvenile delinquency
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1. General remarks

The modern term “juvenile delinquency” covers any offences legally defined as criminal that are committed by children, juveniles or young adults and are handled by juvenile courts applying a specific code of law; in the case of a conviction the emphasis will be on pedagogical measures intended to improve the offender’s chances of resocialization. However, growing social awareness of the phenome…

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Wettmann-Jungblut, Peter, “Juvenile delinquency”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 25 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_021753>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20190124

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