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Title: “Too Bad, So Sad”: Observations on Some of the Effects of Twenty Years of Youth Justice Reform in Canada, 1995-2015
Description: The Department of Criminal Justice presents:
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“Too Bad, So Sad”: Observations on Some of the Effects of Twenty Years
of Youth Justice Reform in Canada, 1995-2015
Dr. Russell Smandych, University of Manitoba

While in 1995 significant changes were made to the Young Offenders Act
(YOA) to address mounting criticisms, by 2003 the legislation was
repealed and replaced with the Youth Criminal Justice Act (YCJA).
After thirteen years in operation, the YCJA has also undergone
significant amendments aimed at fixing some of its perceived
weaknesses. However, the question remains of whether long-recognized
problems with administering youth justice in Canada are now being
addressed more effectively with the enactment and amendment of the
YCJA and corresponding changes in provincial and territorial youth
justice policy and practice that have been introduced over the past
two decades. The author argues that while significant progress has
been made on some fronts – including the substantial reduction in the
use of youth custody sentences – other areas of youth justice
administration are still sadly in need of repair in Manitoba and
elsewhere across Canada.

Russell Smandych is a professor of sociology and criminology at the
University of Manitoba, where he teaches and does research in the
fields of Canadian and comparative youth justice, global criminology,
and British colonial legal history. His recent publications in the
field of youth justice include: “From ‘Misguided Children’ to
‘Criminal Youth’: Exploring Historical and Contemporary Trends in
Canadian Youth Justice” (in J. Winterdyk and R. Smandych, eds., Youth
at Risk and Youth Justice: A Canadian Overview. 2nd Edition. Toronto:
Oxford University Press, 2016); and “Youth Justice in Manitoba:
Developments and Issues under the YCJA” [co-authored with M. Dyck, C.
La Berge, and J. Koffman] (in M. Alain, S. Reid and R. Corrado, eds.,
Implementing and Working with the Youth Criminal Justice Act across
Canada. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2016).
Sponsor: The department of Criminal Justice
When: March 8, 2017, 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
Where: room 2M70
515 Portage Ave
Winnipeg, MB
Contact: Dr. Kevin Walby
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Category: Lectures

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