The Great Youth Criminal Justice Act Debate

The Act goes into force April 1, 2003

YCJA

YOA

Criminal Code

New: December 2010: Enter Your Comments and Opiniion Respecting the YCJA

May 2003

Resolved that: 

Too many Canadian young persons are going to jail for property offences and offences having to do with the administration of justice.

The new Youth Criminal Justice Act will try to change that. What do you think?

1. Read the statistics at the Justice Canada web site. Look at their graphs and tables.

2. Look at the statistics in Brampton, Ontario for 12 to 15 year olds, 1984 to 1994:

Escape Custody with A Prior Record
Escape Custody with No Prior Record
Fail to Appear, Breach Recognizance with A Prior Record
Fail to Appear, Breach Recognizance with No Prior Record
Age 15 Break & Enter Dwelling with A Prior Record
Age 15 Break & Enter Dwelling with No Prior Record
Age 15 Break & Enter Non-Dwelling with A Prior Record
Age 15 Break & Enter Non-Dwelling with No Prior Record

3. Look at sections 38 and 39 of the new legislation.


City:
Mississauga
Date:
10 February 2003
Time:
12:29:19

Comments

Canadian Judges and lawyers are used to the principles of general deterrence and specific deterrence in sentencing. They are also used to the concept that young persons who commit second or third serious property offences are going to jail. The new Act will change the way we think. We will have to follow the principles stated in sections 38 and 39 of the new Youth Criminal Justice Act. The Provinces will need to implement new programmes.


City:
Belfast, PEI
Date:
15 February 2003
Time:
22:02:06

Comments

I like the idea of reserving jail for violent offenders. A good system for Canada would be to have youth jails that resemble mini-prisons and are staffed by uniformed, armed correctional officers (prison guards). The youth centers we currently have are a joke. They are too lax and the staff in most cases are not allowed to use much force to diffuse situations. I don't care if you're only 14 years old A good shock is just the thing alot of these little punks need. As for non-violent repeat offenders, I support the use of boot camps or something like the old reform schools we used to have in this country. This program is used in most states and has a rehabilitative instead of a punishment approach.


City:
Toronto
Date:
24 February 2003
Time:
08:58:26

Comments

YOUNG OFFENDERS ACT IS A JOKE


City:
moosonee ON
Date:
06 March 2003
Time:
09:56:57

Comments

it good to send kids to jail


City:
Date:
05 April 2003
Time:
12:58:31

Comments

THE YOA NEEDS TO BE STRICTER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


City:
Date:
14 April 2003
Time:
12:05:52

Comments

i think that all who comitt an offence must do time in jail no matter whats the age! if you can do a crime then you can pay with time~~~!

Editor's note: Why? Shouldn't the punishment fit the crime? What good would jail do? In Canada we already jail more young persons per capita than anywhere else. Is all that jail time imposed under the YOA doing any good? Silly slogans don't result in useful analysis.


City:
Calgary
Date:
28 April 2003
Time:
10:30:34

Comments

Thanks to the newly revised YOA my 11 year old son will be without a bicycle this summer. His was stolen from outside a 7-11 store. The Police have told me that because of recent changes to the YOA there is no recourse. They cannot lay charges against this youth and either can I even though he openly admitted to stealing it.


City:
Mc,kinney
Date:
02 May 2003
Time:
16:27:58

Comments

I think why don't people just don't think about what their doing see when they founds their self in jail they feel sorry SEE I know these thing because of my sister got put in there she don't life it I've never been


City:
Melfort, Saskatchewan
Date:
14 May 2003
Time:
15:35:35

Comments

if a young offender is old enough to understand and commit a crime, the young offender will be smart enough to know what the consequences will be. why should we let young people get away with crime? if you abolish the young offenders act there will be more problems in society. young offenders will know that they can get away with crime, therefore there will be more adolescent crimes happening. if anything, the young offenders act should be more enforced and there should be harsher consequences for crime committed by persons of any age.


City:
Bonnyville AB
Date:
22 May 2003
Time:
11:40:58

Comments

Maybe if we send the kids to jail they'll learn not to mess with the justice system again.


City:
 AB
Date:
22 May 2003
Time:
11:44:17

Comments

Maybe we should be tougher on the young offenders than the adults, then they will learn not to break the law


City:
Belleville, On
Date:
15 June 2003
Time:
18:53:13

Comments

Why should YO's between the ages of 12-17 have a decreased punishment based on their age. Specially repeat offenders. Kids who want to comply with the law, comply. Kids who don't obviously should be punished. If you look at that stats of rehabilitation in YO's. Young offenders between 15-17 really don't learn. Luckily the new act has come in. it is now much easier for kids to be charged as adults. I believe that kids who do this for whatever their reason should be punished to the extent. What else more would stop kids from breaking the law then a lil jail??


City:
London
Date:
30 June 2003
Time:
02:59:08

Comments

Perhaps if we used half the money we spend on processing young people through the court system and housing them in detention centres we could establish places for young people to go and do things together, and more importantly actually leave them open for their use i.e swimming pools, basketball courts, community centres etc. Most towns and cities offer nothing constructive for the kids to do for those few years between childhood and adulthood. Everywhere they go, they are shooed away and told to leave or else. It would be better to find out why young people feel so alienated and are stealing, drinking, smoking pot is such large numbers than to concentrate on punishing the very few who actually get caught in these activities. I hope this next generation is more forgiving than some of the people commenting here. These same young people will be the ones who will decide their futures when they get old.



Revised: 09 Dec 2010 10:58:25 -0500 .