Effective, just and humane responses to the causes and consequences of crime

Youth Justice Committees in Alberta (1999)

An examination of the composition and function of Youth Justice Committees in Alberta. Specific operating concerns, as well as positive features of Youth Justice Committees, are discussed. (An update to this document was written in 2007.) Download

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Youth Justice Committees in Alberta (2007)

An examination of the composition and function of Youth Justice Committees in Alberta. Specific operating concerns, as well as positive features of Youth Justice Committees, are discussed. (An update to a document written in 1999.) Download

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Response to Renewing Youth Justice (1997)

Our response to the recommendations contained in Renewing Youth Justice, Thirteenth Report of the Standing Committee on Justice and Legal Affairs. The response makes suggestions for enhancing or amending a number of the recommendations. Download

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Response (1992) to the Young Offenders Act Amendments

Our response to Bill C-12, proposed amendments to the Young Offenders Act. These proposals increased maximum sentences for youth who commit serious crimes and made it easier to transfer youth to adult court. Policy considerations relating to the treatment and incarceration of young offenders are also discussed. Download

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Justice for Young Offenders (2007)

A comparison of the Juvenile Delinquents Act, the Young Offenders Act and the proposed Youth Criminal Justice Act. The philosophies of the three Acts are contrasted and differences in practice are noted. The potential impact of the Youth Criminal Justice Act is discussed. (An update of a document written in 1999.) Download

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Parental Liability Laws (1997)

An examination of increased interest in holding parents accountable for their children’s actions. Parental liability laws in Cana da and the United States are explored. Issues surrounding parental liability laws, including the effectiveness of such laws in addressing youth crime, are examined. More effective alternatives to parental liability laws are presented. Download

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