Title

Community-based interventions for at-risk youth in Ontario under Canada's youth criminal justice act: A case study of a "runaway" girl

Author ORCID Identifier

https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3463-5704

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-1-2007

Publication Title

Canadian Journal of Criminology and Criminal Justice

Volume

49

Issue

1

First Page

37

Last Page

74

DOI

10.3138/K622-844X-3411-42H1

Abstract

This article presents findings from ongoing research on interventions for violent and at-risk youth in Ontario through partnerships authorized under Canada's 2003 Youth Criminal Justice Act (YCJA). After briefly describing and theoretically situating the YCJA's "preventative partnership" (Garland 2000) strategy, we analyse an interview with a 16-year-old Ontario high school student (one of 85 interviews with female and male youth recruited through high schools, community agencies, youth advocacy networks, and correctional facilities between 2002 and 2006). In this interview, "Connie" describes her experiences with family and peer violence and her efforts to deal with these experiences through a range of escape and help-seeking behaviours. Drawing broadly upon governmentality discourses on advanced liberal governance, our analysis focuses on the ways in which victimization, running away, child protection involvement, criminal activity, and social exclusion are linked. We also discuss the promises and challenges of efforts to address the needs of youth caught up in this trajectory through community partnership strategies. © 2007 CJCCJ/RCCJP.

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