As of now teen offenders (13-17) are treated more leniently than adult offenders. The Harper government is strong on law and order. They are about to introduce legislation that would make youth sentences heavier, jail time longer and remove the discretion the judge has to fit the sentence to the crime. In this new system they would carry a criminal record through adulthood. This is the system in place in parts of United Stastes. There is no evidence whatever that this heavy law and order for the young reduces crime, by keeping young people in hardened jails, it may even increase. Is this another example of Harper imitating Bush?
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