The Young Offenders Act - The Truth? Essay

This essay has a total of 588 words and 3 pages.

The Young Offenders Act - The Truth?

This essay was written to show the advantages and disadvantages of the Young Offenders Act
over the previous Juvenile Delinquents Act. Also it should give a theoretical
understanding of the current Canadian Juvenile-Justice system, the act and it's
implications and the effects of the young offenders needs and mental health on the outcome
of the trials.


In the interest of society the young offenders act was brought forth on april second 1984.
This act was created to ensure the rights and the needs of a young person. Alan W. Leshied
says "On one hand the justice and legal objectives of the act are being effectively
realized while on the other hand the needs and treatment aspects of it leave much to be
desired." The research of the Young offenders act is still ongoing but Leshied says that
it is becoming clear that the custody positions have been in dispute since the act came
into effect. The old Juvenile delinquency act states in section 38 "The care and custody
and discipline of a juvenile delinquent shall approximate as nearly as maybe that which
should be given by his parents, and... as far as practability every juvenile delinquent
shall be treated, not as a criminal, but as a misguided and misdirected child . . .
needing aid, encouragement, help and assistance."(Page 72)


If a youth is close to the adult age of 18 years they could be transfered to the adult
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