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

Chapter 6 - Manitoba (continued)

6.5 Most Serious Charge

Figure 6.4 and Table 6.2 describes the most serious charge/alleged offence (MSC) committed by Aboriginal youth serving remand on Snapshot day. Similar to the MSO analysis, the largest proportion of Aboriginal youth serving remand was charged with a property offence (44%), followed by those charged with an offence against the person (29%), and Other Criminal Code (26%).

Figure 6.4 Most Serious Charge - Remand

Figure 6.4 - Most Serious Charge - Remand
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Source: One-Day Snapshot of Aboriginal Youth in Custody (2001).
Prepared by: Research and Statistics Division, Department of Justice Canada .

Of those charged with an offence against the person, 46% were charged for robbery, and 21% (each) for assault and assault with a weapon/causing bodily harm. Of those charged for a property-related offence, two-fifths (39%) were charged with break and enter, while 33% were charged with theft (see Table 6.3).

A larger proportion of male than female Aboriginal youth was charged with a property-related offence (48% versus 28%). Meanwhile, a larger proportion of female than male Aboriginal youth was charged with an offence against the person (39% versus 27%). Females were more likely than males were to be charged with other Criminal Code offences (33% and 23% respectively) (see Table 6.2).

Due to small cell sizes, an analysis of offence type and gender was not completed. However, similar to the analysis of MSO, males were most likely to be charged with robbery, while females were most likely to be charged with assault (see Table 6.3).

Table 6.4 reports most serious charge (MSC) and age. In general, older youth were most likely to be charged with a crime against the person, while younger youth were most likely charged with a property-related offence. Two-fifths (40%) of those 18 years of age or older had an MSC for a crime against the person, compared to 31% of the 17-18 year olds and 19% of the 14-15 year olds. Meanwhile, one-half (50%) of those between 14-15 years of age had an MSC for a property-related offence, compared to 44% of the 16-17 year olds, and 33% of those 18 years of age and older.

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