Responding to Youth Crime in Canada
Published: March 2004© 2004
Imprint: University of Toronto Press
Page Count: 290 Pages
Dimensions: 6.00 x 9.00
290 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 x 0.80 in
In Responding to Youth Crime in Canada, Anthony Doob and Carla Cesaroni describe how Canada has been responding to youth crime in the context of the Youth Criminal Justice Act, which came into force on April 1, 2003. The authors describe what is known about Canadian youth crime, and the operation of the youth justice system in the context of the changes in the law that are taking place.
The authors posit that the youth justice system has a relatively modest impact on youth crime. In order to respond intelligently to it and to evaluate the response of the state, two sets of information must be understood. First, society must try to understand what 'youth crime' looks like in Canada. Second, in order to understand - and evaluate - the changes that are being made in youth justice legislation in Canada, a clear understanding of the manner in which the youth justice system currently operates is necessary. Unlike those who look to the youth justice system to solve the problem of youth crime, the authors suggest that we should look to the youth justice system to respond appropriately to the realities of what constitutes youth crime and look elsewhere to address how one might affect the level of youth crime in our society.
'Anthony Doob is one of Canada's leading criminologists, and undoubtedly one of two or three leading experts in the field of juvenile crime and youth justice. The scholarship of Professor Doob and Carla Cesaroni in Responding to Youth Crime in Canada is very sound, and their analysis thoughtful. This is a first rate piece of work that makes a unique and important contribution to a topic that profoundly affects Canadian society and has been the subject of great public controversy.' Nicholas C. Bala, Faculty of Law, Queen's University
'Doob and Cesaroni's magnificent book on youth crime and youth justice is unrivalled in Canada and unparalleled elsewhere. By examining in one book three subjects usually addressed separately - causes and prevention of youthful offending, patterns and trends, and state responses - they have written a book of remarkable authority and breadth. Canada's policy-makers seeking answers, and Canada's citizens seeking understanding finally have a place to go. Incisive, imaginative, immensely well-informed. This book is a tour de force.'Michael Tonry, Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge
'I enjoyed Responding to Youth Crime in Canada enormously, for its competence and thoroughness, of course, but also for its political message.' Peter J. Carrington, Department of Sociology, University of Waterloo