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The PLEA: The Youth Criminal Justice Act

The PLEA: The Youth Criminal Justice Act

Introduction

Sometimes, young people find themselves in conflict with the law. Often a simple warning is enough to deal with the situation. Occasionally more formal actions are needed. Regardless of the course of action, young people aged 12 through 17 in conflict with criminal law are dealt with under the Youth Criminal Justice Act (YCJA).

But what exactly is the YCJA? How does it work to meet the unique needs of young people? This issue of The PLEA will introduce you to the Youth Criminal Justice Act and its role in the lives of young Canadians.

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