status offenders

Definition of "status offenders"
  1. Juveniles charged due to activities that are only considered illegal because of their underage status, such as skipping school or smoking
How to use "status offenders" in a sentence
  1. The court dealt leniently with status offenders, focusing more on rehabilitation than punishment.
  2. As a school counselor, she often worked with status offenders who were habitually skipping school.
  3. Underage smoking is a common issue among status offenders.

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