Whilst what you say is true ... there is some qualification to the Canadian case ... it may also apply in various ways in other countries, too.Originally Posted by Maciamo
In Canada, if you are under 17 years of age and commit an offence, you are charged and tried as a "young offender". The maximum period of incarceration is three years -not served in an adult prison, but in an establishment more suited to those too young and fair of face to withstand the trauma and rigours of "the big house"!.
In addition, any offender in Canada is eligible for release (on good behaviour etc. etc.) after serving two thirds of their sentence. This usually brings the maximum sentence for any 'young offender' down to two years (even for murder!).
.... this is before taking into consideration any appeal for parole etc. etc.
Under extenuating circumstances, the prosecuting counsel may ask for a young offender to be tried as an adult - something which is sometimes done - in which case the convicted party may receive imprisonment in an adult prison, or (more usually) be transferred there after reaching the age of 17.
(This exceptionally severe punishment is usually reserved for those caught speeding, or "blowing the whistle" on major politicians, of course ! Murder would normally be dealt with far less severely! )
Many 'young offenders' convicted of quite serious crimes are actually released and back among us after a mere few months! Frequently they are blatantly unrepentant and back in court on new charges ... in a matter ... of days!
It is becoming a matter of substantial concern.
Bring back the lash!