So far in this course, you have learned how the YCJA responds to youth crime in Canada and about the legal rights youth have when stopped or arrested by the police. In the previous section, you learned about extrajudicial measures for youth who have broken the law. This section explores sentencing. You will learn about how youth are punished when they are guilty of committing crime.
Upon successful completion of this Section 4, you will be able to:
Discuss the principles that guide judges in deciding on a fair and appropriate sentence for youth who are guilty of a crime.
Evaluate the process of sentencing and the role of conferences and of victims in that process.
Illustrate the different types of sentences that may be imposed for youth crime.
Evaluate the use of custodial and adult sentences for youth.