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Youth crime rates and the youth justice system

TitleYouth crime rates and the youth justice system
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsSprott, J. B., and Doob A. N.
JournalCanadian Journal of Criminology and Criminal Justice
Pages621 - 639
Keywordscrime measurement, crime signalé par l'intéressé, duc, mesure du crime, self-reported offending, ucr

An examination of variation across provinces in self-reported violent and property offending by Canadian youths demonstrates considerably less variation than the rate of police-recorded contacts with youths or the rate of use of youth court for these youths. Official measures of offending by youths in Canada are probably best seen as reflections of the behaviour of adults in deciding how to respond to offending by youths, rather than of the behaviour of youths.

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