Juvenile Delinquency Act ( Jda ) And Young Offenders Act

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Juvenile delinquents, individuals who are under 18 and have committed a crime, have been sentenced in a variety of procedures throughout the years. This may occur for various crimes such as theft, sexual assaults, etc. Youth Criminal Justice Act (YCJA), a part of Canadian Legislation, determines the process of prosecution for youths under the Canadian Criminal Justice system. This has assisted several young adults reintegrate into society. It contains a set of definitive purposes and principles to aid judges in deciding sentences that are appropriate for youth. Prior to the YCJA, the Youth Justice Legislation was greatly influenced by two major acts: Juvenile Delinquents Act (JDA) and Young Offenders Act (YOA). JDA, established in 1908, was recognized as an unjust act because judges were authorized to declare a sentence based on their opinion, not the law. Similarly, YOA (1984) provided unsuccessful sentences that consisted of inconsistent and vague principles. In 2003, the Youth Criminal Justice Act was introduced to generate equilibrium intervening the juridical framework of YOA and the social needs approach underlying the JDA. However, great controversy has been held against the act due to several individuals who presume it holds no purpose. Many infer that it is unjust to not be able to refer to the youth’s criminal record and to have an age boundary, although numerous statistics and criminal rate changes have disproved this. The Youth Criminal Justice Act has been

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