Justice for Children Test 2.docx

This in turn leads to youth to partake in criminal

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work in general as a result, stating it contradicts their ambition to be free and adventurous. This in turn leads to youth to partake in criminal activities to get by, such as theft or scamming.
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[Type here] Youth Criminal Justice Act The perception of youth and the laws that govern them in Canada have changed over the years, with the Youth Criminal Justice Act (YCJA) being a revolutionary legislation. The YCJA establishes the fact that the youth are a distinguishable social group whom are different from adults, with youth having a reduced level of maturity and still being highly impressionable. With that said, the YCJA acts to maintain social order while controlling crime by increasing its efforts to reintegrate youth into society, investigating the circumstances of the youth who committed an offence, and ensuring that the youth learn from the consequences of their actions. This is all done with the best interests of the child in mind. Given the tendency of offenders to commit another illegal act, the YCJA takes a unique approach to further prevent youth partaking in complicit behaviours, an effort done to cut down on overall crime in society. One of the main goals of the YCJA is to rehabilitate youth back into society. This is because it has been established that the youth are still developing themselves morally and do not yet have the decision-making skills that adults can develop as they grow. Furthermore, the lowered maturity in youth gives room for them to learn values that will shape them into contributable members of society. The YCJA does this by distinguishing between violent, more serious offences and less serious offences. Youth who have committed less serious offences are provided forms of justice that are alternate to the more conventional forms such as imprisonment. These alternative forms include diversion programs such as therapy, counselling, and education. These programs should be held immediately as any uncertainties can be harmful to the individual. In addition, young offenders also learn to repair any harm done to victims and respect societal values. By doing this, the YCJA acts to prevent youth from deviating again from society and committing another offence, maintaining social order.
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[Type here] Another focus of the YCJA is to analyze the circumstances behind the offence a young offender has committed. Rather than focusing on a zero-tolerance policy to youth crime, which would be ineffective and costly, the YCJA tries to divert its attention to the factors that cause the youth to commit an offence. By looking at a young offender’s upbringings, such as frequent conflicts in the home, conflict with teachers, or signs of abuse, authorities can better understand why an individual deviated in the first place. With this better understanding, social reforms may take place in order to cut down on the number of crimes committed by the youth. This is with the
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