INFO FOR YOUTH & LINKS

What are the benefits?
What is the Extrajudicial Sanctions Program?
I’ve been referred to this program… Now what?
I still have questions
Links


WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?

...FOR YOUTH

  • An opportunity to avoid a criminal record if they are successful in the program.
  • Allows youth to better understand the consequences of their behavior and the chance to make amends.
  • They will speak for themselves and explain the situations in their own words.
...FOR VICTIMS
  • Provides an opportunity for victims to express how the crime has impacted them.
  • Restitution, if applicable, may be used to help repair the harm caused.
...FOR THE FAMILY
  • The knowledge that someone is listening and willing to help.
  • Provides an opportunity for parents to seek support and access resources, information and referrals to address family difficulties.
...FOR THE COMMUNITY
  • Young Offenders learn to respect people, property and their community.
  • Help create positive connections between youth and their community.
  • Cost-effective and personal way to deal with minor cases.
WHAT IS THE EXTRAJUDICIAL SANCTIONS PROGRAM?

A court diversion for youth who commit a minor offence.

Provides an effective and timely response for offending behavior without having to go through the formal court system.

Encourages youth to acknowledge and repair the harm and negative implications caused to the victim and the community.

Encourages families of the youth and the community to become involved in the design and implementation of sanctions.

Provides an opportunity for victims to receive restitution.

Respects the rights and freedoms of youth and designs measures to be proportionate to the seriousness and circumstance of the offense.

* 90% of youth successfully complete the program. It is the most effective intervention program with life-long benefits for youth who would otherwise carry the burden of a criminal record.

I HAVE BEEN REFERRED TO THIS PROGRAM.. NOW WHAT?

Once a case has been referred to the Youth Justice Committee the youth is required to attend a panel hearing. This hearing is arranged with the YJC Panel Coordinator.

Panels are conducted by Volunteers with the Red Deer Youth Justice Committee. A parent, guardian or responsible adult should attend the hearing with the youth. The Panel Coordinator will confirm your Panel location and time. These panels are usually held in Room 111 in the Provincial Building which is located at 4920—51 Street. The South Entrance Doors are locked at 4:30pm - please wait for a Panel Member to let you in.

Please bring copies of the following to your Panel Session:

  • Report Cards
  • Progress Reports
  • Reference Letters

Panel members listen to and discuss the circumstances surrounding the offence. The youth must take responsibility for their actions and the offence they are charged with. He/She will be asked to explain what happened.

Panel members then reach an agreement on the consequences (usually three) which the youth will be required to complete within a specified amount of time. The youth must sign the agreement and will be given a copy.

Some examples of consequences include:

  • Apology letters
  • Community Service
  • Personal Service
  • Essays or Posters
  • Donation to Charity
  • Financial Restitution to the victim
  • Referral to Counseling
  • Referral to a Program

If the youth is successful his/her file is returned to the Crown Attorney and no further legal action is taken.

If the youth is unsuccessful his/her file is returned to the Crown Attorney who may continue with legal proceedings.

I STILL HAVE QUESTIONS...

You can reach us in a number of ways:

By Mail:






By Phone:

By E-Mail:
Red Deer Youth Justice Committee,
c/o Community Corrections and Release Branch,
Correctional Services Division,
1st Floor, Provincial Building,
4920 -51 Street,
Red Deer, AB T4N 6K8

403-302-8262 Please leave a message

rdyjc@hotmail.com

LINKS

http://www.solgps.alberta.ca/programs_and_services/correctional_services/young_offenders/youth_justice_committees

PLENA (Public Legal Education Network of Alberta www.plena.org

John Howard Society www.johnhoward.ab.ca

www.acjnet.org

RCMP – Red Deer http://www.reddeer.ca/City+Government/City+Services+and+Departments/RCMP/default.htm