The Challenges of Youth Justice in Rural and Isolated Areas in Canada

1. Introduction

This research was conducted to identify some of the central issues in the delivery of youth justice in rural and isolated areas. Due to the size, population distribution and cultural diversity of Canada, rural and isolated areas comprise a significant segment of the landscape. It is well known that one of the major barriers to providing a fair and effective youth criminal justice system is geography. The Department of Justice Canada has an interest in identifying the major challenges and barriers to effective implementation of the youth criminal justice system in rural and isolated areas, as well as possible solutions. The proclamation of the Youth Criminal Justice Act makes acquiring this information even more imperative.

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