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

Chapter 3 - Atlantic (continued)

3.6 Sentence Length

Figure 3.5 and Table 3.4 describes the various sentence lengths being served by Aboriginal youth in the Snapshot. Twenty-nine percent of youth in the Atlantic was sentenced to custody for 300-399 days, while 29% was sentenced for 50 to 99 days. More than two-fifths (41%) of the youth was sentenced for 1 to 249 days. Meanwhile, the same proportion (41%) was sentenced to 300 days or more. The median custody length in the Atlantic was 270 days. [1]

Data concerning sentence length must be interpreted with caution, as longer sentences are more likely to be captured in a one-day snapshot than are shorter ones; hence, the former may be over-represented in the results. Therefore, the sentence distribution in Figure 3.5 and Table 3.4 (and the median custody length) do not necessarily represent typical sentence lengths.

Figure 3.5 Sentence Length Being Served on Snapshot Day.

Figure 3.5 - Sentence Length Being Served on Snapshot Day.
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Due to small cell size, sentence length categories were re-organized in order to facilitate analysis.
Source: One-Day Snapshot of Aboriginal Youth in Custody (2001).
Prepared by: Research and Statistics Division, Department of Justice Canada


[1] Due to small cell sizes, an analysis of sentence length by age and gender was not completed.

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