What Is The Main Purpose Of The Youth Criminal Justice Act?

The YCJA is not simply focused on accountability. It also emphasizes rehabilitation and reintegration; the YCJA seeks to address the underlying behaviour, pre-existing conditions or circumstances that led to the offending behaviour in the first place.

The YCJA states that special procedures must be implemented within the criminal justice system for youth to ensure that young people are treated fairly and that their rights are protected. It also stresses the need for timely intervention to reinforce the connection between the offence and its consequences.


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