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Unit 2: Criminal Law

CHAPTER 10: THE YOUTH JUSTICE SYSTEM

E-ACTIVITY: STATISTICS ON YOUTH CRIME (p. 292)

Activity: Complete a Youth Crime Statistics Investigation Chart

Every once in a while, certain elements in society will raise the battle cry against youth crime: “Teenagers are out of hand, and we’ve got to get them under control!” But is youth crime really on the rise? Are our policing and rehabilitation techniques failing? In this activity, you will dig up the actual statistics to answer these and other questions about youth crime for yourself.

  1. Visit the Statistics Canada Web site to find the most recent statistics about youth crime in Canada. Click on “Youths and adults charged by type of offence” and “Cases heard by youth courts with guilty findings, by most significant sentence” to find the statistical tables you will need to fill in the following investigation chart. Click here to download the chart.
   
YOUTH CRIME STATISTICS INVESTIGATION CHART
Statistical Question
Statistics (per 100 000 population)
Has the overall rate of youths charged in Canada all incidents increased or decreased in the period 1997–2001? By what percentage?  
Has the overall rate of youths charged in Canada all offences (excluding traffic) increased or decreased in the period 1997–2001? By what percentage?

 

Has the overall rate of youths charged for crimes of violence increased or decreased in the period 1997–2001? By what percentage?

 

Has the overall rate of youths charged for property crimes increased or decreased in the period 1997–2001? By what percentage?

 

Has the overall rate of youths charged for Federal statutes (including drug-related charges) increased or decreased in the period 1997–2001? By what percentage?

 

For youth court cases with guilty findings, what was the most common sentence?

 

For sentences involving an absolute discharge, was there an increase or decrease in the period 1996–1997 to 2000–2001? By what percentage?

 

For which sentencing option was there the greatest decrease since 1996–1997?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 

  1. What conclusions can you draw from your youth crime statistical chart?
  2. Identify any possible uses for this data.

 

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