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This essay was written to show the advantages and disadvantages of the Young Offenders Act over the previous Juvenile Delinquents Act Also it should give a theoretical understanding of the current Canadian Juvenile-Justice system the act and its implications and the effects of the young offenders needs and mental health on the outcome of the trials In the interest of society the young offenders act was brought forth on April second 1984 This act was created to ensure the rights and the needs of a young person Alan W Leshied says On one hand the justice and legal objectives of the act are being effectively realized while on the other hand the needs and treatment aspects of it leave much to be desired The research of the Young offenders act is still ongoing but Leshied says that it is becoming clear that the custody positions have been in dispute since the act came into effect The old Juvenile delinquency act states in section 38 The care and custody and discipline of a juvenile delinquent shall approximate as nearly as maybe that which should be given by his parents and as far as practability every juvenile delinquent shall be treated not as a criminal but as a misguided and misdirected child needing aid encouragement help and assistancePage 72 If a youth is close to the adult age of 18 years they could be transferred to the adult justice system This means that they would be given the same sentences as an adult including and up to life in prison Many people have tried to correct this problem that they see as a weakness Yet so far their attempts have failed Another weakness they find is that the courts are expensive an unsatisfactory methods of dealing with crime that is not very serious Before
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