CCVF supports Minister Nicholson's announcement of proposals to strengthen
the young offenders system

Measures to focus on violent and repeat young offenders

TORONTO, Jan. 28 /CNW Telbec/ - Today, the Canadian Crime Victim Foundation (CCVF) applauded the recent announcement from the Hon. Rob Nicholson, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, who announced proposals to strengthen the way the young offenders system deals with violent and repeat young offenders.

The new proposals include requiring courts to consider adult sentences for young offenders convicted of serious crimes, when circumstances require it.

"This is a move in the right direction," stated Joe Wamback, Chair of CCVF. "For 20 years, we've seen the Young Offenders' policy become increasingly more lenient and forgiving, as the violent youth crime rate continues to escalate."

CCVF is urging the Federal government and Members of Parliament to begin listening to those most affected by violent crimes and start to place greater weight on the protection of Canadian children from violent abusers, regardless of their age.

"It is time to listen to concerned Canadians who have suffered the greatest. We will not cease putting pressure on MP's of all political parties emphasizing the protection of innocent young people, while creating greater accountability and rehabilitative efforts for those offenders who harm and take innocent lives," concluded Wamback.


For further information: For further information: and to obtain a confidential list of parents who have been directly affected by this cause, please contact: Joe Wamback, Chair, Canadian Crime Victim Foundation, (905) 898-7472, (Cell) (416) 819-1046

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