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

Chapter 4 - Quebec (continued)

4.6 Sentence Length

Figure 4.5 and Table 4.5 describes the various sentence lengths being served by Aboriginal youth in the Snapshot. Fifty-six percent of youth in Quebec were sentenced to custody for 250-399 days, while 19% were sentenced for 150 to 199 days. Almost one-third (32%) of the youth were sentenced for 1 to 199 days. The median custody length in Quebec was 348 days.

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 4.5 and Table 4.5 (and the median custody length) do not necessarily represent typical sentence lengths.

Figure 4.5 Sentence Length Being Served on Snapshot Day.

Figure 4.5 - Sentence Length Being Served on Snapshot Day.
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Source: One-Day Snapshot of Aboriginal Youth in Custody (2001).
Prepared by: Research and Statistics Division, Department of Justice Canada .

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