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NCJ Number: 163914 Find in a Library
Title: Bill C-37 to Amend the Young Offenders Act: Implications for the Correctional Service of Canada
Journal: Forum on Corrections Research  Volume:7  Issue:1  Dated:January 1995  Pages:46-48
Author(s): F. Rainville-Laforte
Date Published: January 1995
Page Count: 3
Document: HTML|PDF
Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: Canada
Annotation: In response to a rash of violent incidents involving young offenders, Canada's Minister of Justice and the Attorney General of Canada tabled Bill C-37 in June 1994 to amend the Young Offenders Act and deal more severely with young people who commit serious crimes.
Abstract: Bill C-37 encourages alternatives to incarceration for young offenders who commit less serious offenses and focuses on reserving custody in a closed environment for those who commit serious offenses or require closer supervision. The bill proposes an increase in the maximum youth court sentence for first-degree murder from 5 to 10 years, changes in parole eligibility, and an increase in the time period that must elapse before young offender criminal records are destroyed. The bill also creates the presumption that certain young offender cases will be transferred to adult court. Implications of proposed changes to the Young Offenders Act for the Correctional Service of Canada are discussed, and possibilities for action in response to the proposed amendments are suggested. 4 references
Main Term(s): Juvenile Corrections/Detention
Index Term(s): Alternatives to institutionalization; Canada; Corrections in foreign countries; Foreign juvenile delinquency; Foreign juvenile justice systems; Foreign laws; Foreign offenders; Juvenile case records; Juvenile court waiver; Juvenile justice reform; Juvenile sentencing; Serious juvenile offenders; Violent juvenile offenders
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