Queen's University

Changes to Youth Criminal Justice Act

2010-03-19

Queen’s University Law professor and expert in youth justice and family law, Nick Bala, is available to discuss the Conservative government’s proposal to overhaul the Youth Criminal Justice Act.
Professor Bala opposes the proposed changes saying that while young people should face penalties for their actions, the courts have repeatedly found that imposing severe sentences does not deter youth crime.
"If people think we're going to have a safer society because we're sending young people into custody for longer periods of time, it's simply not true," he says.
To arrange an interview with professor Bala, contact Alissa Clark at (613) 533-6000 ext. 77513, alissa.clark@queensu.ca, or Molly Kehoe, (613) 533-2877, molly.kehoe@queensu.ca.

 
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