Principles of the Act

Resources

Visit the links below to find more information and activities about the Principles of the YCJA. You may need to download Adobe Reader  to open PDF documents.

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YCJA

YCJA Preamble and Interpretation

YCJA Section 3: Declaration of Principles

The following resources are still valuable, but they have not been updated to include the 2012 Safe Streets and Communities Act amendments.

New Directions in Youth Justice

Law 12 - PDF (1239 KB)

  • Basics for the Teachers - p. iv
  • Basics for the Students - p. viii
  • Comparison of YCJA with YOA - p. x
  • Lesson 1 - p. 1-2

Social Studies 11 - PDF (1917 KB)

  • Basics for the Teachers - p. iv
  • Comparison of YCJA with YOA - p. 2
  • Basics for the Students - p. 4

"Story of James" Youth at Risk - PDF (1433 KB)

  • Basics for the Teachers - p. v
  • Pre-Test: The Story of James - p. 1
  • Basics of the Students - p. 5
  • Comparison of YCJA with YOA - p. 7
  • Worksheet 1-A - p. 11-12
  • Worksheet 1-B - p. 13

English as a Second Language - PDF (2038 KB)

  • Basics for the Teachers - p. iv
  • Basics for the Students - p. viii
  • Comparison of YCJA with YOA - p. x
  • Unit 2: Underlying Principles of the YCJA - p. 5
    • Activity 1 - p. 6
    • Activity 3 - p. 8
  • Unit 3: Prevention - p. 15
  • Activity 1 - p. 16-17
  • Activity 2 - p. 18
  • Activity 3 - p. 19
  • Unit 4A: Meaningful Consequences of Youth Crime: Sentencing - p. 20-29
  • Answer Key - p. 40-41

On the Road to Justice

Youth At Risk - PDF (436 KB)

  • Facilitator’s Notes - p. 3
  • Scenario - p. 7-8
  • Review points - p. 8, section 3
  • What Should You Know About the YCJA? - p. 19 and 20, section 1

Grade 6/7 - PDF (377 KB)

  • Facilitator’s Notes - p. 3
  • Scenario - p. 7-8
  • Review points - p. 8
  • What Should You Know About the YCJA? - p. 13-14
  • Lesson 4: What Should Happen When Youth Break the Law? Meaningful Consequences - p. 17-25

Guide to the Posters - PDF (281 KB)

  • Poster 1: Highlights of the Youth Criminal Justice Act - p. 9-10

Fact Sheets - PDF (203KB)

  • Highlights of the Act

Legal Quest Curriculum

The Youth Criminal Justice Act - PDF

  • Basics for the Teacher - p.90-92
  • Basics for the Student - p. 93-94
  • What Do You Know About Youth Justice? - p. 95
  • Challenges #3 and #5 - p. 108