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EXTRAJUDICIAL MEASURES NARRATOR: The majority of youth crimes involve non-violent activities such as shoplifting, possession of stolen property, breach of probation, or relatively minor assaults that do not involve bodily harm. Experience in Canada and other countries shows that measures outside the formal court process can provide an effective response to youth crime, and one

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YOUTH OFFENDER 1: I don’t really remember all of what happened the night I was arrested because I was intoxicated and stuff. YOUNG OFFENDER 2: I started drinking, doing drugs so I kept on getting in trouble with the law so I kept on going back and forth in and out of jail, in and

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REINTEGRATION NARRATOR The YCJA recognizes that young people coming out of custody will need assistance in successfully reintegrating into the community. Therefore, part of every youth custody sentence must include a set period of community supervision. A youth worker helps the young person plan for their reintegration into the community and provides support to help

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NARRATOR While youth court proceedings take place in open court, meaning that members of the public can attend and observe the proceedings, the YCJA does contain specific provisions regarding the publication of a youth’s identity. As a general rule, no identifying information that would reveal that a young person has been dealt with by the

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NARRATOR The Youth Criminal Justice Act recognizes the importance of involving families, victims and communities in the youth criminal justice system. One way in which this is being done is through conferences. Under the Act, a conference is defined as a group of people brought together to give advice to decision-makers such as police officers

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YOUTH COURT NARRATOR If a young person’s case is not resolved through extrajudicial measures then it will be dealt with in youth court. When a young person is charged with an offence, they may remain in the community, often with strict conditions, or, if the court deems it necessary, be kept in custody until the

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