Pre-Trial Detention Under the Young Offenders Act: A Study of Urban Courts


TABLE 2.8 - THE PROPORTION OF DETAINED AND NOT DETAINED YOUNG PERSONS BY THE MOST SERIOUS CHARGE AT ARREST (MAJOR OFFENCE CATEGORY), POLICE AND COURT DETENTION
  Police detention Court detention
Detained Not detained Detained Not detained
Column percentages
Total indictable offences vs. the person 10.0 2.6 11.0 9.3
Robbery 8.8 2.3 9.0 8.5
Other indictable person offences 1.2 0.3 2.0 0.8
Total indictable offences vs. property 20.8 13.3 20.0 20.4
Break and enter 7.8 6.8 6.3 8.1
Other indictable property offences 13.0 6.5 13.7 12.3
Indictable drug offences 6.6 1.0 6.0 6.9
Total hybrid offences vs. the person 17.8 24.9 13.0 21.8
Assault level 1 9.4 12.2 7.0 11.5
Other hybrid person offences 8.4 12.7 6.0 10.3
Total hybrid offences vs. property 16.2 36.9 13.7 17.8
Theft under $5,000 8.1 22.2 7.7 8.3
Other hybrid property offences 8.1 14.7 6.0 9.5
Other charges e.g., hybrid drugs, weapons, traffic 6.1 7.8 6.7 6.0
Breach of probation 10.0 9.6 11.3 9.3
Other offences vs. the administration of justice 12.5 3.8 18.3 8.4
Fail to attend court and fail to comply with an undertaking 9.3 3.2 11.0 7.5
Other charge type e.g., escape custody 3.2 0.6 7.3 0.8
Total percent 100.0 99.9 100.0 99.9
Total number of cases 807 780 300 504

Notes:

  • Offences against the person include not only the assaults and sexual assaults but also harassment, threatening bodily harm or death, intimidation and "cause fear" ("where injury or damage feared", section 810 of the Criminal Code).
  • As a result of coding conventions, the breach of probation and other offences against the administration of justice are underestimated.

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