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NCJ Number: 149959 Find in a Library
Title: Need to Reform the YOA in Response to Violent Young Offenders: Confusion, Reality or Myth?
Journal: Canadian Journal of Criminology  Volume:36  Issue:3  Dated:(July 1994)  Pages:343-378
Author(s): R R Corrado; A Markwart
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 36
Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: Canada
Annotation: The current public debate over reform of Canada's Young Offenders Act (YOA) has focused primarily on what to do with violent young offenders.
Abstract: The most vocal critics of the YOA are demanding crime control changes to facilitate a far more punitive or routine custodial response to all violent young offenders but especially older ones and those who have committed such major violent offenses as murder. Supporters of the YOA respond to critics and those who raise questions about the need for other fundamental juvenile justice reforms by claiming that violent juvenile offenses in Canada have not increased and that the YOA has provided the necessary procedural rights to youth. Some argue that the YOA is more punitive regarding less serious offenses and not punitive enough for the most violent offenses. The authors conclude that, without major and innovative reforms, the YOA will remain controversial and ineffective in dealing with multiproblem youths, especially those who commit serious offenses. 64 references, 20 notes, and 2 tables
Main Term(s): Violent juvenile offenders
Index Term(s): Canada; Foreign juvenile delinquency; Foreign juvenile justice systems; Foreign laws; Juvenile detention; Juvenile justice policies; Juvenile justice reform; Serious juvenile offenders; Youthful offenders
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