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NCJ Number: 134509 Find in a Library
Title: Good People, Dirty System: The Young Offenders Act and Organizational Failure (From Young Offenders Act: A Revolution in Canadian Criminal Justice, P 37-67, 1991, Alan W Leschied, Peter G Jaffe, et al, eds. -- See NCJ-134506)
Author(s): J Hackler
Date Published: 1991
Page Count: 31
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Type: Survey (Cross-Cultural)
Language: English
Country: Canada
Annotation: This analysis of the juvenile codes and juvenile justice systems in Canada and France concludes that Canada has permitted a cumbersome and insensitive system to evolve and has tried to correct weaknesses with detailed, but ineffective legislation such as the Young Offenders Act. In contrast, juvenile justice is handled in France through a less formal and less adversarial system. Recommended changes in the Canadian system include establishing a public defender, who might alternate periodically with the role of prosecutor and the creation of a social-service judge and who would have all a judge's power except the power to punish or restrict the liberty of young people. These approaches would allow the juvenile justice and the talented people who currently work in it to become more effective. 26 references
Main Term(s): Foreign juvenile justice systems
Index Term(s): Canada; France; Juvenile codes; Juvenile justice reform; Rights of minors
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