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Youth probation officer pre-sentence report recommendations
The pre-sentence report (PSR) has traditionally been a distinct and essential document to assist judges in determining appropriate sentencing outcomes in Canada. Utilizing the focal concerns theory (e.g. blameworthiness, protection of the community and practical constraints and consequences) this study tests the hypothesis that there is a strong agreement between youth probation officers (YPOs) sentencing recommendations and judicial sentencing decisions despite the challenges of interpreting a highly complex law such as the Youth Criminal Justice Act (YCJA).
pre-sentence report; PSR; sentencing outcomes; Canada; focal concerns theory; youth probation officers; YPOs; YCJA
Justice Institute of British Columbia
New Westminster, BC