The Calgary Police Service Youth Diversion project ensures that all youth facing minor charges, who are eligible to be diverted from the formal justice processes, have that opportunity. Pre-charge Extrajudicial Sanctions (Section 10 YCJA) referrals from CPS to Youth Justice Committees increased by 300% since 2020. This earlier intervention means that more young people will have access to this meaningful community-based response with a successful completion rate of over 95%.
Youth Justice Committee volunteers have a special connection with youth who are diverted from court into the hands of caring neighbours. The approach is always unique to the individual and focused on helping the young person to be accountable for their actions, without holding them back. The Youth Justice Committee Coordination Project builds capacity of Youth Justice Committee volunteers to successfully contribute to the administration of youth justice.
“The process of writing his apology made him reflect more deeply on the effects of his actions on others and reinforced the value of taking responsibility for his own actions, especially when such actions hurt others.” – Parent of a Youth