delinquent children

delinquent children
A generic term. Children who have committed offenses against the law, or who are found to be falling into bad habits, or who knowingly associate with vicious or immoral persons, or who are growing up in idleness and crime. 31 Am J Rev ed Juv Ct § 36; children who have committed acts which but for the ages of the perpetrators would be criminal offenses punishable as such. State v Dubray, 121 Kan 886, 250 P 316. As used in juvenile laws the terms "incorrigibility" and "delinquency" are two different offenses. The former has in it the element of continuous disobedience of parental commands, viciousness, and general bad conduct. The latter may be, and often is, a single offense-violation of any law of the state or any city or borough ordinance. Anno: 45 ALR 1533, s. 85 ALR 1099.

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