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NCJ Number: 149952 Find in a Library
Title: Young Offenders Act -- Ten Years After Implementation
Journal: Canadian Journal of Criminology  Volume:36  Issue:3  Dated:(July 1994)  Pages:complete issue
Editor(s): J H Hylton
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 181
Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
Format: Article
Language: English; French
Country: Canada
Annotation: This journal issue is devoted to a review of Canada's Young Offender Act (YOA), an act that represents one of the most significant pieces of social policy legislation enacted in Canada.
Abstract: Enacted in 1984, the YOA contains several controversial provisions, and reforms to the act are being considered. Articles in the journal issue consider options for Canada's juvenile justice system in the 21st Century, limits of the YOA, interprovincial variations in the use of custody for young offenders, youth policies that promote community safety, alternatives to incarceration, effects of youth offending in adult life, and the need to reform the YOA in response to violent young offenders. Important provisions of the YOA are outlined and evaluated that focus on specialized youth courts and correctional programs, youth offenses and sentencing, child welfare authorities, and due process rights. Critics and supporters discuss the YOA in the context of juvenile custody, rehabilitation, and treatment. References, notes, tables, and figures
Main Term(s): Juvenile offenders
Index Term(s): Alternatives to institutionalization; Canada; Foreign juvenile delinquency; Foreign juvenile justice systems; Foreign laws; Juvenile detention; Juvenile justice policies; Juvenile justice reform; Juvenile rehabilitation; Youthful offenders
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