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NCJ Number: 149461 Find in a Library
Title: Sentenced to School: The Young Offenders Act and Canadian School Boards
Corporate Author: Canadian Education Assoc
Date Published: 1990
Page Count: 35
Sponsoring Agency: Canadian Education Assoc
Toronto, Ont. M5S 1V5, Canada
Sale Source: Canadian Education Assoc
252 Bloor Street West
Suite 8-200
Toronto, Ont. M5S 1V5,
Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
Language: English
Country: Canada
Annotation: The Young Offenders Act (YOA) was drafted by the Canadian government as a means of dealing with juveniles between the ages of 12 and 17 who violate federal criminal law; it was passed in 1982 and was implemented between 1983 and 1985.
Abstract: The new YOA is based on four guiding principles: that youthful offenders should be held responsible for their actions, that society has a fundamental right to protect itself from youthful criminal behavior, that youthful offenders require both discipline and special types of guidance and assistance, and that young persons have the same rights and freedoms as adults. The YOA provides for a wide range of dispositions including absolute discharge, fines, restitutions, committal for treatment, open custody, secure custody, compensation, community service, and probation. This booklet discusses issues related to the YOA that impact on Canadian school boards, including admissibility of evidence, cautioning procedures, policies on students, search and seizure, interagency liaison, corporal punishment, and conflicts between federal and provincial legislation regarding the role of schools. 3 appendixes
Main Term(s): Juveniles
Index Term(s): Canada; Foreign juvenile justice systems; Foreign laws; Schools
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