Evaluating Conflicts Between Intention and Outcome Within Changing Canadian Juvenile Justice Policy: Just Listen to What the Data Says!

  • Alan W. Leschied
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (ASID, volume 53)


In 1984, Canada joined other western industrialized nations in amending their juvenile justice law. Canada no longer views young offenders as errant children requiring guidance, assistance and special protections of the youth court. Youthful offenders are now provided with the full protection of due process within a formal criminal justice system and are held more accountable and responsible for their behaviour. This shift from a rehabilitative youth court to one focusing on deterrence and punishment is reviewed within available data examining the effects on court process and outcomes. The assumption that deterrence is an effective means of suppressing youth crime is challenged.

“Some paradox of our nature leads us, when once we have made our fellow men the object of our enlightened interest, to go on to make them the objects of our pity, then our wisdom, ultimately our coercion. ” Trilling (1953)

“When we neglect the weak and helpless, the disenfranchised and disadvantaged, we betray our loving nature and endanger the social future that depends on our caring. ” Gaylin (1978)

“If a theory of rights prevents the achievement of social purpose, there is something amiss either in the theory of rights or in the conception of public purposes. ”Allen (1981)


Child Welfare Young Person Juvenile Justice Juvenile Offender Juvenile Justice System 
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