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Imran Husseinon 22 November 2012
Transcript of YCJA
The normal consequence would be going to court
Defines and decides adult prison sentences
Does not keep the media from publishing offender's name
Does not protect offenders from a criminal record Canada's Justice system
consists of the YCJA and the CCC The YCJA The CCC Personal Opinion Canada has different laws for youth and adults who break the law.
The YCJA was passed in 2003, but even though Canada had different laws for youth offenders since the 1980's The CCC Consequences The YCJA The Youth Criminal Justice Act, formally known as The Young Offenders Act is dedicated to: Helping young offenders of the ages 12 to 17.
Bans adult sentences for kids of ages 12 to 14 but allows it for 14 and older if it's a serious crime. Rehabilitating and reintegrating
Preventing youth crime by addressing the reasons why youth are committing them
Helps young offenders avoid a criminal record
protects the privacy of young offenders from the media unless they receive adult sentence. (Criminal Code of Canada) If a young person does break the law, they don't always go to court unless it's a serious matter which needs to be addressed immediately or involves an adult sentence. Sometimes a police officer will let them off the hook with a warning and or includes a letter to parents. They also may refer the young offender to a program to help figure out why they're breaking the law and how to prevent it. These consequences are similar to the young person being charged with a minor accusation where sentences are ruled out by a youth justice committee or a sentencing circle. Sentences usually revolve around community service, counseling and if accused with a serious crime and proven guilty, jail time and a criminal record, which is exactly what the YCJA is devoted to preventing. Similarities and differences Statistics As shown, statistics show that the amount of youth charged has been going down ever since the YCJA was created in 2003. This could be due to multiple factors playing different roles such as police giving warnings instead of charging youth or youth just being smarter criminals. Deals with youth offenders under 18
Protects privacy of some young offenders from the media
Helps some young offenders stay away from a criminal record depending on crime
Bans adult sentences for some young offenders depending on the crime Deals with adult offenders
Never protects offenders' privacy from media
Always gives out a criminal record
offenders always go to court
almost always creates a criminal record for offenders Deals with people who break the law
Both give out criminal records but under different circumstances
Both The YCJA and the CCC sentences depend on the seriousness of the crime
Don't always give out criminal records Ensuring young people are subject to consequences that meet the seriousness of their crime Similarities Personally, I feel that the YCJA is way too lenient when it comes to giving young offenders consequences that meet their crimes and how serious they are. If community service and a few counseling sessions really did change criminals then there would be only a handful a criminals or none at all in the entire world. I think the consequences the YCJA gives out do almost absolutely nothing to stop youth offenders from breaking the law again, and if they do, it only effects a minority of young offenders.