The 2008 National Justice Survey: The Youth Justice System in Canada and the Youth Criminal Justice Act

Long description for Figure 5:

Figure 5: Percentage of respondents who indicated that the following factors play a “strong role” in contributing to youth crime. This is a vertical bar chart that illustrates the degree to which specified factors played a strong role in contributing to youth crime. Respondents could indicate if they felt more than one factor played a strong role in contributing to youth crime, therefore the total of all percentages will equal more than 100. The Y-axis is measured in percentages in increments of 10 from 0 to 80. The X-axis is divided into 7 categories. The X-axis lists the following categories from left to right:

  • illegal drugs,
  • youth gangs,
  • family environment,
  • lack of consequences,
  • poverty,
  • problem neighbourhoods and
  • mental health issues.

Respondents felt that the specified factors played a strong role in contributing to youth crime as follows:

  • illegal drugs – 71%;
  • youth gangs – 71%;
  • family environment – 65%;
  • lack of consequences – 56%;
  • poverty - 54%;
  • problem neighbourhoods – 50%;
  • mental health issues – 33%.
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