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Youth Criminal Justice Law, 3/e$60.00 – $96.00
The term (juvenile) delinquent was developed in the late-nineteenth century to distinguish youthful offenders from adult criminals. Delinquents were to be treated in a fashion that promoted their welfare, as reflected in the JDA, in force from 1908 to 1984. The term “delinquent” is sometimes used to refer to any youthful offender.