Youthful offenders or also known as juvenile delinquents are minors

Youthful offenders or also known as juvenile delinquents are minors, usually defined as being between the ages of ten (10) and eighteen (18), who have committed some act that violates the law. These acts aren’t called “crimes” as they would be for adults. Rather, crimes committed by minors are called “delinquent acts.” Instead of a trial, the juvenile has an adjudication, after which she receives a disposition and a sentence. However, juvenile proceedings differ from adult proceedings in a number of ways.
Delinquent acts generally fall into two categories. The first type of delinquent act is one that would be considered a crime had an adult committed it. For particularly serious crimes, some jurisdictions will even try children as adults. When children are tried as juveniles, on the other hand, parents are often required to pay the court costs for the child.
The second type of delinquent act is one that wouldn’t normally be a crime had an adult performed it. These are typically known as “age-related” or status crimes. The most common examples of age-related crimes are staying out past curfew and “truancy,” which is the continued failure to attend school.