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R. v. Jacob, 2002 YKTC 15

Stuart, Barry.
June 4, 2015

Source: (2002) Territorial Court of the Yukon Territory, Whitehorse, Canada. Downloaded 25 January 2005.

Marcellus Jacob, 21 years old, raised as a ward of the state until age 18, will spend up to eight years in jail for a horrible crime.
His sentence sets a precedent for the next case. There will be a next case. There have been many other similar cases. There are right now, within our communities, within our institutions, children, young boys, young men, with stories similar to Marcel Jacob. Unless we change what we do – we as families, communities, professionals – there will be many more ‘next cases’. How many Marcel Jacobs do we need before we appreciate that if we always do what we have always done, we will always face what we always face – the next case to sentence, the next victim to heal. (excerpt)


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