As we’ve been discussing in this thread, a 13 year old girl has been found guilty of first degree murder for killing her parents and younger brother when she was 12 years old. Our Canadian Young Offenders Act (in Alberta) prevents me from naming her, from any news source from publishing her name, and lawyers can explain this better than I can, but I believe her record will also be sealed/destroyed when she has discharged her sentence. I can apparently be prosecuted for naming her even on an American message board, so I’ll not do so, even though her name is extremely easy to find on the internet.
Theoretically, once she has done her very light jail time for all three pre-meditated murders (I believe the figure of ten years total has been mentioned), she will be free to pursue a life unfettered by that pesky past triple murder. Isn’t that great? She can get jobs and apartments and boyfriends, and nobody needs to ever know that she is a sociopathic multiple murderer. Whee.
I think the YO Act needs a complete re-vamping to take into account the reality of kids doing crimes, and I think there needs to be a whole lot more subjectivity to application of the YO Act - I wouldn’t apply it at all to serious crimes like first degree murder. I think the future people around her need to know what she’s capable of. Killing your entire family is not a youthful prank. But I’m sure she’ll get lots of counselling, and be a completely different person when she gets out of jail, and not likely to continue murdering people who don’t let her do what she wants.
Don’t think young people in Canada aren’t well-aware of this Act, either. I’ve heard young guys talking about turning 18, and how they can’t do any more crimes now. I think the YO Act has conveniently forgotten about the consequences to society of criminal youths in their zeal to protect youths from the consequences of their actions.