The Community Justice Society, Halifax Regional Municipality works in partnership with the Nova Scotia Department of Justice towards improving the delivery of justice and accountability by holding the young person that offends accountable in a more meaningful way. This process allows victims and communities a voice in the response to crime, resulting in a decrease in recidivism rates and an increase in victim satisfaction.
On June 29, 2005, the Nova Scotia provincial government appointed Justice Merlin Nunn to head a public inquiry to investigate the circumstances surrounding the release of a young offender who was convicted under the Youth Criminal Justice Act as the result of a fatal car crash. Commissioner Nunn submitted his report entitled Helping Kids Protecting Communities on December 5, 2006. This report includes 34 recommendations:
- 19 dealing with streamlining justice administration and improving accountability
- 6 dealing with toughening the Youth Criminal Justice Act
- 9 dealing with preventing youth crime
All recommendations have been accepted by the Provincial Government and periodic updates are provided by the Nova Scotia Department of Justice as to the status of their implementation.
For more information on this partnership please visit the Nova Scotia Department of Justice website.
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