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Citation

Elliott AS, Katzman DK. Paediatr. Child Health (1996) 2011; 16(7): 414.

Copyright

(Copyright © 2011, Canadian Paediatric Society, Publisher Pulsus Group)

DOI

unavailable

PMID

22851896

Abstract

The Canadian Paediatric Society is deeply concerned about the negative effects on the developmental, psychological and emotional health of young offenders if the Youth Criminal Justice Act is amended as proposed. Changing Canada's youth crime law to achieve stiffer sentences for youth 14 years of age and older who are convicted of serious violent offences is contrary to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. Treating adolescents as adults puts them at serious health and human rights risks - including trauma, violence and abuse - and interferes with their overall development. Furthermore, rates of mental illness are higher among youth in custody. Youth should only serve their sentence in a facility that is exclusively limited to youth, and considers the rights of youth as well as their mental, physical, developmental and educational needs.


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