Youth Criminal Justice Policy in Canada

A Critical Introduction

  • Shahid Alvi

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Criminology book series (BRIEFSCRIMINOL)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Shahid Alvi
    Pages 29-47
  3. Shahid Alvi
    Pages 49-75
  4. Shahid Alvi
    Pages 77-88

About this book


In the past ten years, much has changed in terms of youth justice policies in Canada as well as in the way Canadian society has evolved. Canada has a new Act governing youth crime, and there are indications that the Act will be revised again to make it "tougher" on youth in conflict with the law, a development reflecting what many scholars are calling the "punitive turn" in youth justice policies in Canada and elsewhere. At the same time, Canadian child poverty rates (which are strongly correlated with criminality) have remained high, despite a commitment, made by governments in 1989 to eradicate the problem by the year 2000. Immigration patterns have changed, and unemployment rates for young Canadians remain almost twice as high as those for adults.
In this volume, Youth Criminal Justice Policy in Canada: A Critical Introduction, the author addresses these and other developments in relation to youth crime in Canada from a critical criminological perspective.


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Authors and affiliations

  • Shahid Alvi
    • 1
  1. 1.Faculty of Social Sciences, Institute of TechnologyUniversity of OntarioOshawaCanada

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2012
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4419-0272-6
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4419-0273-3
  • Series Print ISSN 2192-8533
  • Series Online ISSN 2192-8541
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