Youth Sentencing Options

Summary

Sources of Information

  • When sentencing, the judge must consider the principles of sentencing in the YCJA as well as the principles of protection of the society, the rehabilitation of the offender, general deterrence, specific deterrence and denunciation.
  • A judge may want additional information about the presence or absence of a criminal record, the lifestyle of the offender, attitude and history of the offender, the impact on the victim, the gravity of the offence and the circumstances concerning the commission of the offence.
  • Sources of information come from the facts of the case, a pre-sentence report, a medical or psychological report, a conference recommendation and/or a victim impact statement.
  • A pre-sentence report includes the previous offending history of the youth and previous measures or sentences given as well as detailed information about the youth.
  • The judge shall consider the victim impact statement during the sentencing process.

Youth Sentences

  • Absolute Discharge - no record after one year.
  • Conditional Discharge - no record after three years if conditions met.
  • Judicial Reprimand - stern lecture by the judge.
  • Fine - up to $1000.00 based on time needed and ability to pay.
  • Restitution - return of goods to the victim.
  • Compensation - repayment for loss suffered by the victim.
  • Community Service - work hours done without pay in the community.
  • Probation - period of supervision with conditions.
  • Intensive Support and Supervision Program (ISSP) - closer monitoring than probation.
  • Intermittent Custody - non-continuous custody.
  • Custody
  • Custody and Supervision - custody always to be followed by supervision in the community.
  • Intensive Rehabilitation Custody and Supervision (IRCS) - greater control and guaranteed treatment for serious violent offenders.