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The world today is not a pleasant place to live every day there is a news story about some horrific act of violence that is brought on some poor innocent person It makes sense that we would look to our judicial system to make these criminals stop committing these terrible acts It appears that our judicial system is failing us Most of the time the said criminals are in the age group of 10 to 18 they are just young kids These criminals do not see fit to quit doing these acts because the punishment for them is not stiff enough They know that as an adult they would be unable to get away with this but as a child living in Canada they are protected under the Young Offenders Act The YOA has created a lot of controversy in not only this country but in this province and this city The act was developed to protect young perpetrators of crime from receiving the same treatment that adults receive Is this a fair goal Why should the criminals be protected Their future victims certainly werent being protected by the justice system when they let the criminal go free on previous charges The government is obviously giving protection to the wrong party in this situation and something has to be done to change this A juvenile delinquent is a child that violates any provision of the Criminal Code or any bylaw who is liable by reason of any other act to be committed to an industrial school or juvenile reformatory under the provision of any provincial statute Before the Young Offenders Act there was a Juvenile Delinquents Act Under the Juvenile Delinquents Act the offender was put into a government run home The JDA was formed to deter the criminals from repeat offending to rehabilitate the offender and above all to protect society from the delinquents Due to the high costs of the
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