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NCJ Number: 173566 Find in a Library
Title: Understanding Public Opposition to a Separate Youth Justice System
Journal: Crime & Delinquency  Volume:44  Issue:3  Dated:July 1998  Pages:399-411
Author(s): J B Sprott
Date Published: 1998
Page Count: 13
Sponsoring Agency: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
Ottawa, ON K1P 6G4, Canada
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study examines the public's belief that youth court sentences are too lenient and young offenders should be processed in the adult justice system.
Abstract: The belief that youth court sentences are too lenient and young offenders should be processed in the adult justice system, along with the view that sentences for specific cases should be harsher, were all related to one another in an Ontario, Canada, survey. However, the nature of the relationship was complex, and more detailed analyses suggested that the wish to imprison young offenders was not solely a desire for more punitive responses but also reflected the perception that alternatives to prison were ineffective. Citizens favored prevention over building more prisons, preferred youth to be in separate facilities from adults, and, for minor crimes, preferred youth to be in the community instead of in prison. The article concludes that increasing the severity of sentences and treating youth more like adults will not allay the public's underlying concern about the inability of the justice system to accomplish anything beyond imprisonment. Tables, notes, references
Main Term(s): Courts
Index Term(s): Canada; Cause removal crime prevention; Foreign courts; Foreign criminal justice systems; Foreign sentencing; Juvenile sentencing; Juveniles; Sentencing/Sanctions; US/foreign comparisons
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