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Inside Canada's Justice System
I was caught shoplifting a jacket from a store by the store manager.
So what did you do?
I was in a store with my friend and she kept telling me to just take this jacket I really wanted to buy, but couldn't afford. I kept saying no, and I tried to leave. when I was walking out the door she just stuck it in my bag. The store manager saw, and called the police.
My friend told me to run, so we tried to but the police found us. They arrested us and brought us to the station to talk to us more.
I was so scared that I was going to go to jail. I didn't want all my friends and family to know what I did.
The police were deciding whether or not to charge us, I was crying the whole time because I felt so bad about what happened. My friend didn't see anything wrong with what she did. The officers decided to not charge me, since I was remorseful, hadn't done it before, and my friend pressured me to. She was charged, since she was a repeat offender and didn't care about what had happened.
Even though I was't charged for the theft, the police still wanted me to go to a program to help make sure I wouldn't steal again. They recommended that I work with a Youth Justice Committee in my community.
They are a group of volunteers that work with you, your family, and the people you affected to determine a consequence for your offence.
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