Young Offenders

These days more and more young people are turning to crimes. Thesecrimes are being committed by young offenders of all ages. The crimes they arecommitting are get even more and more serious and in the last five years thepercentage of youngsters committing more crime has increase by more then 50%.

Young offenders are committing these crimes because the know that thepunishment is real weak. If you ask me most young offenders think the youngoffenders act is a JOKE, and trust me I am a young person I know just as otheryoung people.A young offender is a person between the ages of 12-17. This person isa person who comities a crime and is given special rights. These right are lessserver then adults would get if they committee this same offenses.

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There are many cases where a young offender has got off much easier thena adult and no punishment at all. In one case in particular A boy who was 11years old who has been in trouble with the law before took a girl with him tohis apartment with his gang and then raped her. Then when the police arrived hesaid you can not touch me .

This to me is very sad first off because he is only11 years old and he raped a girl but the thing I found most shocking and therest off the media was that when the police arrived he told them that they couldnot touch him. Even though he did committee the crime and he should have beencharged but sadly e was right. This young offenders knows that the youngoffenders act is a joke and that is why he committed the crime. He could careless about what he did.

Another case talking about the young offenders act is the James Bulger. Had the murder of toddler James Bulger occurred in Canada, his killer wouldnever been charged. Under the Canadian law, no child under the age of 12 can becharged with any criminal act, no matter how odious. This was a cases whichcreated a lot of heated discussion about the young offenders act. The discussionwas that the young offenders act has to be more strictly and changes are need.In another case a teen was charged for a murder. An 18-year-old waskilled with a baseball bat Tuesday after he was trapped at the entrance to achopping mall in Hamilton by six youths out settle a grudge against his youngerbrother.

Police charged a 15-year-old with second-degree murder. . This teencommitted a crime of murder and got charged with second degree murder but if aadult had committed this offenses he would have got charged with first degreemurder.Two teen got arrested and charged when they tried to hijack a bus. Apair of grade 10 students armed with a knife and a gun tried to hijack a schoolbus from Osoyoos, B.

C, to Ontario. A 16-year-old and a 17-year-old facekidnapping and weapons charges . This is another typical example of what youthare doing and getting away with.

If this was a an adult (a person over the ageof 18) would have got charged with a much serious charge and would have had topay a greater price.Youth court in Ontario is held at city hall. At youth court is so farbehind because of all the crimes. Most youth have to wait a few months beforeactual going to court and by then the less serious cases are then thrown out(because of the delay).The days of youth going to play in the park, going to school, hang outare all come to any end. These times are being replaced by breaking the law inmost cases and will remain so until the law is changed and the rules becomemore strictly.

To most young people we believe the young offenders act is a JOKE.