Comparison of Case Processing Under the Young Offenders Act and the First Six Months of the Youth Criminal Justice Act

Table 27: The Percentage of Sentenced Cases Receiving Probation by Seriousness of the Current Offence before and after the YCJA , by Court Location

(a) Any indictable current offence
  Halifax Toronto &
Scarborough
Winnipeg Edmonton Vancouver &
Surrey
Total
  YOA sample YCJA sample YOA sample YCJA sample YOA sample YCJA sample YOA sample YCJA sample YOA sample YCJA sample YOA sample YCJA sample
  % of sentenced cases receiving probation
1 or more indictable current offence 92.0% 81.5% 88.6% 84.6% 90.8% 84.5% 79.3% 64.4% 92.2%* 73.5%* 88.7%* 77.8%*
Total number of indictable cases 88 27 105 26 98 71 87 45 90 34 468 203

(b) Any offence against the person (indictable or hybrid)
  Halifax Toronto &
Scarborough
Winnipeg Edmonton Vancouver &
Surrey
Total
  YOA sample YCJA sample YOA sample YCJA sample YOA sample YCJA sample YOA sample YCJA sample YOA sample YCJA sample YOA sample YCJA sample
  % of sentenced cases receiving probation
1 or more violent current offence (indictable or hybrid) 86.5% 90.9% 91.7% 88.9% 89.0% 92.1% 74.4%* 52.8%* 91.3% 80.0% 86.7% 82.2%
Total number of violent cases 96 33 109 36 73 63 90 36 92 45 460 213

Notes:

  • * Shaded pairs are statistically significant at p<.05, according to the chi-square statistic.

  • Probation combined with DCSO and custody sentences are excluded.