To what extent is the justice system fair and equitable for youth?
Most young offenders get into trouble with the law only once. But the younger people are when they first break the law, the more likely they are to break the law again (Statistics Canada study, 2005). The YCJA attempts to acknowledge that youth need different treatment within the justice system that ensures it is fair and equitable for them. Many people in Canada, and around the world, believe that youth are not reprimanded harsh enough for the crimes they commit and that in general, are able to squeeze through the justice system without punishment. Others, believe that the justice system does not treat youth fairly and punishes them without acknowledging that rehabilitation and reintegration are important for young offenders. So, what are your thoughts? Provide at least 2 reasons to support your opinion when answering this question.