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Youth Criminal Justice Act

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Julie Chea

on 4 October 2012

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Transcript of Youth Criminal Justice Act

By: Julie and Monica Youth Criminal Justice Act This act defines the consequences that young individuals face for criminal offences. It covers the prosecution of youths. What is the YCJA? It became an act on April 1, 2003. The YCJA deals with 12-17 year olds that cause trouble in our society. What happens to youths
when they commit crimes? The youth crime rate has dropped slowly throughout the years since the YCJA has been introduced. Does the YCJA have an effect
on the youth crime rate? Before it was a law, it was a bill that was introduced in the House of Commons by Anne McLellan, Minister of Justice. It was made into a law by her. It was created because it was made to respond to young people who get into trouble with the law. This act outlines how police and court systems come up with consequences for the youths to face. Some young offenders would have to face consequences such as counselling and/or community service. Adult sentences are prohibited for youths that are 12-14 years of age. Adult sentences can be allowed for youth offenders that are 14 years of age and older who have committed serious crimes. http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/story/2008/03/10/yo-study.html Article This article talks about how almost half of young offenders in Calgary have committed crimes during school hours or after school such as trying cocaine and other drugs. Sources:
~Social Studies Textbook
~Social Studies Textbook Sources:
~Google Images
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