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NCJ Number: 149956 Find in a Library
Title: Doing Justice in Canada: YOA Policies That Can Promote Community Safety
Journal: Canadian Journal of Criminology  Volume:36  Issue:3  Dated:(July 1994)  Pages:291-303
Author(s): A W Leschied; P Gendreau
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 13
Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: Canada
Annotation: As youth crime increases and the media highlights violent crime, the public has increased its call for revisions to Canada's Young Offenders Act (YOA).
Abstract: Demands for changes to the act primarily focus on harsher sentencing as a means of promoting community safety. Other critical issues in the call for revisions to the YOA concern treatment consent and the use of custody. Section 22 of the YOA outlines conditions under which young persons may be detained for the purpose of treatment. The use of custody under the YOA involves two key issues, whether incarceration rates are increasing and whether the YOA prevents recidivism. The authors contend that the implementation of treatment consent and custody options has limited the ability of the youth justice system to respond meaningfully to youth crime. They review effective juvenile justice programs to highlight the need for changes to the YOA that provide adequate rehabilitative services for young people. 47 references
Main Term(s): Juvenile offenders
Index Term(s): Canada; Corrections in foreign countries; Foreign juvenile delinquency; Foreign juvenile justice systems; Foreign laws; Juvenile Corrections/Detention; Juvenile detention; Juvenile justice policies; Juvenile justice reform; Juvenile Recidivism; Juvenile rehabilitation; Youthful offenders
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