A controversial youth jail is closing in Nova Scotia.
The Shelbourne Youth Centre was the focus of allegations of physical and
of prisoners by staff in the 1960s and '70s. Investigations into the situation
The closure of the Shelburne prison will save the province
about $3 million
a year. Activists are calling for the $3 million to be re-invested in education
programs for youth in the community.
The prison was largely empty at the time of the announcement. Some attribute
the drop in youth in jail to the new Youth Criminal Justice Act.
Under the Act, youth who are convicted of non-violent offences receive intensive
supervision or other community-based sentences, instead of incarceration.
Also, youth crime rates in Nova Scotia have dropped
by about 30 per cent over the last decade.
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