Tyler's troubled life: PS18-33/2016E-PDF

the story of one young man's path towards a life of crime.

The fictional account of Tyler was developed to illustrate the compounding influence of risk factors on the pathway to criminal offending. The account does not depict any real persons or events, but serves as an illustrative example of a prototypical adolescent offender in Canada. Using cost estimates from Canada, the US, and Australia, average costs are affixed to events in Tyler’s life and tallied for a grand total cost of his crimes. The direct costs associated with Tyler’s life of crime range from a court appearance by police ($239 CAD) to a 5-year federal prison sentence ($550,000 CAD) and total over $1,400,000 CAD by the time Tyler reaches the age of 30. Three evidence-based interventions are also provided to illustrate the potential cost savings by investing in crime prevention at critical junctures of Tyler’s youth, and to highlight the importance of intervening early and often in the life of disadvantaged or at-risk youth.

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Department/Agency Public Safety Canada.
Title Tyler's troubled life
Subtitle the story of one young man's path towards a life of crime.
Series Title Research report ;
Publication Type Series - View Master Record
Language [English]
Other Language Editions [French]
Format Electronic
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Note Issued also in French under title: La vie difficile de Tyler : l'histoire du parcours d'un jeune homme vers un mode de vie criminel.
Date c2016.
Number of Pages 24 p.
ISBN 978-0-660-05425-4
Catalogue Number
  • PS18-33/2016E-PDF
Subject Terms Crime, Justice system