Feds Vow to Change Youth Justice Act: Canada
Harper vows changes to 'failed' youth justice actJames Cowan , Canwest News ServicePublished: Friday, June 06, 2008
VAUGHAN, Ont. - Canada's approach to handling young offenders is an "unmitigated failure," the prime minister declared Friday.
Speaking at a fundraiser for the Canadian Crime Victims Foundation near Toronto, Stephen Harper vowed to push forward with controversial reforms that would make it easier to jail young offenders prior to trial and to impose harsher sentences if judges believe it will deter other lawbreakers.
"The principles of deterrence and punishment have been all but erased from the youth criminal justice system," Harper said.
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