The Great Youth Criminal Justice Act Debate

The Act went into force April 1, 2003

YCJA

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April 2004

Resolved that: 

Young persons get bail to easily under the Youth Criminal Justice Act.

Young persons released to their parents may consider that the release conditions are a joke. Unless the young person has a clear understanding of the condition of bail and then the obligation to stay out of trouble they should not be released. There should be specialized placement homes for juveniles. There would be foster parents who would not feel sorry for the young person and excuse misbehaviour. They would have tough expectations for good behaviour pending trial. 


City:
Date:
29 October 2003
Time:
10:54:30

Comments

Young persons released on bail back to their parents will think the whole thing is a joke and they may not follow guidelines in their home and possibly misbehave again. They should get released to foster parents or juvenile facilities.


City:
Belfast, PEI
Date:
13 November 2003
Time:
13:04:37

Comments

The use of foster homes for troubled kids would be going back to the child welfare method of the Juvenile Delinquents Act. Some people would like this, others wouldn't. If a young person can be trusted to honor their bail conditions, then they should be released. Otherwise, keep them in jail.


City:
Dampier
Date:
18 November 2003
Time:
20:23:38

Comments

If they get bail, they have a good reason to get it! I'm sure that who ever decides to give the children bail, has their reasons. You cant expect a young persons mind to be poisoned, just because they are in jail! I think that the sooner that they get bail the better, because they would probably have realized their mistakes, and are sorry for doing whatever they did. I think that if they decide top brake the law again in a certain time frame, they should be punished though. And shouldn't get bail too easily.


City:
Hamilton ON
Date:
20 November 2003
Time:
14:44:20

Comments

Our judicial system is so slow and takes so long to get to an actual trial date that it would be very harsh to keep a child imprisoned for such an amount of time. I think a fair amount of children after spending the night or so in jail have decided that whatever it is they did, will NOT happen again. They need to be released to their family if the family wants that and able to deal with their fears and remorse with loved ones, not in cold cell with other offenders.


City:
Winnipeg
Date:
06 January 2004
Time:
15:53:40

Comments

My 20 year-old son was murdered Jan. 5, 2003 by a 19 tear old and a 20 year old. Another 18 year old and a 17 year old was involved in the planning. All 4 are charged with Conspiracy and 1st degree murder. I believe that this 17 year-old is the first ever to be charged in Canada. The 3 adults are all in jail awaiting trial. The youth is being tried separately under the YCJA. Did you all know that if he is sentenced as an adult to life imprisonment, he can apply for early parole after 10 years? How is that sentenced as an adult if he can ask for parole after 10 years and the other 3 adults have to wait 25 years? Even they can ask for Faint Hope Clause after 15! This YCJA act is absurd! They sell it to the public as they have the ability to sentence youths as adults in heinous crimes, but it's what they don't tell you is what is scary!


City:
Ottawa Ontario
Date:
08 January 2004
Time:
09:33:35

Comments

why can't everyone understand we have a different kind of youth, from 30 yrs ago even 10 yrs ago. The youth are changing and the laws regarding young offenders must change and grow with the increasing violence within the youth.. We have gangs of youth swarming, why is this group different then past generations? We have to get harder with the laws, because some day these youth will be adults!


City:
Spurce Grove
Date:
09 January 2004
Time:
12:54:43

Comments

Are you crazy! They would go nuts and make them even worse! Not even being able to see you own Parents that's ludicrous! Children do have trouble getting right from wrong but give the little people a chance before you blow up there future. THINK!!!!


City:
ft worth
Date:
16 January 2004
Time:
11:45:41

Comments

If there are no charges, what is the legal hold time for juveniles?


City:
Winnipeg
Date:
09 February 2004
Time:
17:43:38

Comments

I wish more people would find out about this website. I was at the bail hearing last week, and it sure looks like the judge will give the 17 year-old accused of 1st degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder, bail on Jan 12/03. How does anyone think that this is correct?


City:
salt lake city
Date:
20 February 2004
Time:
01:41:57

Comments

The youth corrections should really be aware of there release of minors, to where they have no follow up to look forward to. This puts the child under a lot of self-insecurity and the feel of having no one to turn to for help.


City:
Ottawa
Date:
02 March 2004
Time:
12:27:03

Comments

I believe that the young offenders act should be used again in our criminal system, there are far too many kids that are confused and fall victim to the streets and end up committing crimes that they will regret in the future.


City:
Calgary
Date:
13 March 2004
Time:
13:46:28

Comments

I can relate! I have witnessed young people being released from custody and be charged with the same offence while out on bail.......


City:
Toronto
Date:
19 April 2004
Time:
17:16:08

Comments

The concept is alright, but it really is unfeasible. Foster homes do not grow on trees. And who wants to look after a problem kid, aside from their parents? I know some real bad kids in my neighborhood, and I most certainly would not like living with them, much less care for them. If you want to fix juvenile delinquency, stop it at the source, not the result. Sources are teen icons, sources are heavy metal rock bands that use foul language, sources are drugs, cigarettes, the list goes on and on. Change influences in teen culture, and change teens. It's that simple.


City:
Thunder bay
Date:
03 May 2004
Time:
09:01:02

Comments

I think gangs should stop it's not a good habit to do bad things.


City:
Thunder Bay
Date:
14 May 2004
Time:
14:12:40

Comments

I think that is right but the foster parents that don't want to help is wrong. The kids are bad, yes, but that doesn't mean that you can just let them rot in there. And how do you know, they might be nice to you. People have to help or this world will never be kind again. Wait, it never was! So if foster parents are reading this then help the kids get there life back. You can help and would never know it!


City:
Date:
02 June 2004
Time:
01:50:42

Comments

If you look at the statistics for youth incarceration rates in Canada, they report that youth incarceration rates are higher than those of adults. Could this then indicate that because of earlier detention rates, youth are less likely to re-offend as adults? To the question of bail for juveniles, I feel it would be appropriate in most cases, provided the child would be released into a stable home with the appropriate amount of supervision. Those with behavior problems should be seen by a child psychologist prior to release.


City:
Date:
14 June 2004
Time:
19:49:18

Comments

Young offenders can easily get bailed out by family before they even get the chance to realize that what they have done is wrong. To them it may seem like a joke, being in jail for only a short period of time and then having their parents come to their rescue. At the end of the day, someone at the age of at least 14 knows that if they commit a crime what the consequences will be. The Young Offenders Act needs to be changed, the justice system actually doesn't provide much justice to the victim and seems to be built for the offenders.


City:
Toronto
Date:
06 July 2004
Time:
12:08:56

Comments

This statement implies that young parents do not take charges seriously and that they go easy on their child. This is not the case in many circumstances.


City:
Ajax
Date:
07 September 2004
Time:
12:45:35

Comments

I just spent 4 days in our courts trying to get my son out on bail. Yes, he committed a crime, his first offence which he spent one night in the holding cells in our jails and the other two nights at a group home. It is a parent's worse nightmare when you can't get access to your own offspring! I do not feel sorry for him having to spend the time, he deserves it BUT he also deserves to have a loving family around him to help him get thru this without any more trouble.


City:
merriam
Date:
30 September 2004
Time:
19:27:21

Comments

first ask your self did you ever make a dumb desicion or break a law when you were young. yes of course we all have even the poor seltered kids you just werent caugth so how would you know if there going to easy on kids or to hard you a grown mature adult you know right from wrong and you have control over your self but ive been there i was sent to larned juvenile correctional facility at the age of 16 to serve out a 15 month sentence and then sent to a 9 month after care program when they tell you its for the kids best intrest i hope you dont believe them theve got murders rapests and child mulesters in those place all serveing up to 60 months at a time now you place a 16 year old kid who thought the car his friend had for two months i might add wasnt stollen and because his friends were suspects in 25 stolen car investigations

it puts a knew twist on gulty by association so dont speak or give your openion unless your kid or you have served time

truth fully convict


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Revised: 09 Dec 2010 10:56:26 -0500 .