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Youth Criminal Justice Act, contained in Bill C-75

Last month, Federal Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould introduced Bill C-75 which included proposed amendments to the Youth Criminal Justice Act.

The Canadian Coalition for the Rights of Children (CCRC) comments that the proposed changes, which increase the likelihood that extra-judicial measures will be used in more cases, reflects the principle of using imprisonment as a last resort, as articulated in Article 37 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.   It also reflects giving priority to the rehabilitation and reintegration of a young person in conflict with the law, as articulated in Article 40 of the Convention.  It will allow greater consideration of the relevant circumstances of the individual young person involved in each case and the design of appropriate measures of correction.
See full commentary by CCRC here.