Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Tories Tough On Teens Agenda Hits Snag

Overhauling the Youth Criminal Justice Act had been a cornerstone of Prime Minister Stephen Harper's re-election platform, and yesterday his government tabled a bill that follows through on that promise, putting a greater emphasis on protecting the public rather than rehabilitating young offenders.

In effect, teenagers as young as 14 convicted of violent offences could be sentenced as adults and their identities no longer shielded.

Conservative Senator Jacque Demers, January 28, 2010

"I will not send a boy of 14 or 16 years to be assaulted in prison."

5 comments:

Tom said...

Here's a novel idea - why don't we tell people that if they commit violent offences then they will end up in prison?
this way its their own fault, not society's, if they end up behind bars.

Rev.Paperboy said...

Yeah, Tom -- lets make sure a bad decision someone makes when they are 14 effectively ends their life, if not literally (how long will the average 14 year old survive in a place like Millhaven?) then at least figuratively. Because someone banged up for five or six years at the age of 15 is not going to get rehabilitated, he is just going to get raped and beaten for a few years, but hey -- that was his decision to take that car for a drunken joyride, right? So lets make sure he never ever gets another chance at life.

Ti-Guy said...

Here's a novel idea - why don't we tell people that if they commit violent offences then they will end up in prison?
this way its their own fault, not society's, if they end up behind bars.


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RuralSandi said...

I thought that part of the idea of not naming youth was to protect their victims, specifically in a case like rape.

Mark Francis said...

Also, gangs used to require noteriety as a condition of membership, and this was defined of as being named in connection with a crime in the local press.

This used to be a real problem in my 'hood years back.

Yes. that's right. The youths would commit crimes and get caught on purpose in order to join a gang.

How long will it take before history repeats itself? 3...2...1...