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Section 16 A hidden self-contradiction of the YOA Section 16 contradicts Young Offenders Act The ability of the courts to divert young offenders into ordinary court goes against section 3 the declaration of principles particularly section 3 c of the YOA which states that young persons who commit crime require supervision discipline and control but because of their state of dependency and level of development and maturity they also have special needs and require guidance and assistance Young people who commit manslaughter aggravated sexual assault murder or attempt to commit murder should suffer retribution for their crimes because the fact is that these are grizzly acts of animosity that cannot go unpunished Though section 16 allows this punishment to occur and maybe even addresses another very important factor in assuring the victim and his or her family that justice has been done at such a young age offenders need more than a lengthy prison term This may be necessary to protect society but clearly young people who commit such heinous acts are severely reckless and misguided and have no regard for societys most basic rules They need direct one on one counseling guidance and support that an ordinary adult sentence may not sufficiently provide The fact of the matter is that there are no panaceas for this problem and we cant make it disappear As disturbing as it is there will always be the shocking horror stories of children turned savage murderers There was the 12-year-old boy who savagely beat a 6-year-old girl to death supposedly mimicking his favorite wrestler while he pummeled this girl to death who was one-third his size In Sacramento 14-year-old youth who while apparently mimicking a TV show gruesomely stabbed and murdered a minimart clerk Then there is what seems to be the perpetually increasing number of school shootings These savage criminals should not be sent to a typical young offender center for a couple of
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