Youth Sentences

According to the Youth Criminal Justice Act (YCJA), youth under 18 when the crime was committed may be handled differently than an adult. The YCJA:

  • Defines the purpose of youth sentences and possible outcomes for a youth offender
  • Provides the principles and factors that must be considered when a youth is given a sentence
  • Sets out conditions that must be applied before a youth is sentenced to custody
  • Requires community supervision be part of all custodial sentences

These sections apply only when a youth sentence is given. If an adult sentence is given, the YCJA no longer applies.