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Public Policy on Youth Crime The most recent phenomenon in todays society is youth crime and the type of serious crimes that youths are committing The key question that one must ask oneself is why are the children of tomorrow committing these crimes and what measures are government organizations and interest groups taking to deter young peoples and at the same time re-habilitating young offenders The issues this paper will be analysing will show the comparison between the Young Offenders Act versus the Youth Criminal Justice Act with projected changes initiated by the YCJA and who wants these changes This paper will also discuss the alternative programs available to young offenders and the many interest groups that sponsor these programs and deal with young offenders on a daily basis In addition this paper will also examine the social issues surrounding youth crime such as where the majority of crimes are being committed who is committing these crimes and why are youths committing these crimes The final section of this paper will discuss what types of solutions the present government of Canada are prepared to initiate The Young Offenders Act Vs The Youth Criminal Justice Act The Young Offenders Act deals with young offenders charged with specific offences against the Criminal Code and other federal statutes and regulations The YOA was revised in 1985 and was the only justice for young offenders before the age of 18 While the YOA takes consideration of the individual circumstances of young offenders it also purports to better protect the interests of society against violent young people Under the YOA Canadian courts no longer play the subjective parental role which was manifest in the Juvenile Delinquent Act The courts now apply the same objective rights and protection to young people as is afforded to adult offenders in addition to special provisions which acknowledge the particular circumstances of youth and the individual offender which could limit accountability
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