A One-Day Snapshot of Aboriginal Youth in Custody Across Canada

Chapter 2 - National Overview (continued)

2.8 National Data Conclusions

Overall, the national data indicate that the typical Aboriginal youth in open or secure custody on Snapshot Day was a male between the ages of 16 to 17, and guilty of a property-related offence. Equal proportions of Aboriginal youth on remand were charged with an offence against the person and a property offence.

The data also reveals that Aboriginal youth included in the Snapshot experienced a majority of their conflict with the criminal justice system in urban areas. A majority of Aboriginal youth lived in a city for the two years preceding their current admission, a majority were charged or committed the offence for their current admission in a city, and a majority plan to live in a city upon release from custody.

Finally, a majority of youth lived, committed or allegedly committed their offence, and have relocation plans to similar locations (a city, town or reserve). Youth who lived in a city for a majority of time preceding their current admission were most likely to have committed or allegedly committed their offence in a city and have plans to relocate to a city.

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