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The Challenges of Youth Justice in Rural and Isolated Areas in Canada

Nuffield, Joan
June 4, 2015

Source: (2003) Ottawa: Department of Justice Canada, Youth Justice Research. Downloaded 25 February 2005.

Selected provincial and territorial officials were interviewed regarding their perceptions of the key barriers and challenges to the provision of a fair and effective youth criminal justice system in rural and isolated areas of Canada. Although often viewed as the site of ‘country life’ or the ‘mysterious, romantic north’, rural and isolated communities might better be seen as places of real hardship, especially when it comes to the delivery of services such as youth justice. One respondent articulated this point clearly noting, “The greater the isolation, the greater the vulnerability and lack of services.â€? Consistent with the literature, the most frequently mentioned barriers to the delivery of a
fair and effective youth justice system in rural and isolated areas are geography and distance; lack of services and resources; and a lack of community infrastructures. (Excerpt)


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