Article Summary: 'Keeping Kids Safe in Custody' by Judy Finlay

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Summarize article "keeping kids safe in custody" by Judy Finlay. The safety of the youth in his incarceration depends on factors that may go way back to family and may be less related to (although supplementary to) institutional conditions as the Keeping Kids Safe (KKS) (2009) research study of Judy Finlay showed. Canada was more severe with prisoners prior to the Youth Criminal Justice Act (YCJA) passed in 2003. In fact, the YCJA was passed in order to emphasize respect for the rights and freedoms of young people, including those set out in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Children (UNCRC) and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms (The Charter). These covenants emphasize: The need to protect children and youth; to treat them separately and differently from adults in the criminal justice system; to provide rehabilitation, not repression and deterrence, when offering judicial intervention with young people; and to consider the best interest of the child to be a guiding principle (p34) Nonetheless, incarceration is still not safe for some prisoners and to investigate why this was so and to determine the variables of youth who were adversely and dangerously treated in the prison system Finlay conducted a triangulated investigation. Finlay's research study was used to demonstrate that the interaction between the predisposition (character, background, personality and so forth) of incarcerated youth and the institutional environment work together to

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