Principles of the Act


Read and answer the questions below.

  1. Do you think there are problems in life that put some youth at a higher risk of offending than others? If so, describe these problems and how they may lead to youth crime. If not, what do you believe causes youth crime?
  2. The YCJA encourages the use of options other than going to court. For example, the youth may have to apologize, attend counselling, or do some community or personal service to repair the harm. Do you think this is a good idea? Explain the advantages and disadvantages.
  3. What type of programs could be set up to help youth who are committing crimes? Look in your own community to see what type of programs exist.