Matters of public concern that are debated in a variety of forums and usually involve demands for action: this chapter will compare historical youth crime issues with contemporary public issues about youth crime. The pre confederation period children and youth were treated the same as adults. The victorian period the behaviour and well-being of children and youth became a subject of concern. The post victorian period youthful offenders were separated from adults in an attempt to prevent them from developing a criminal lifestyle that could. Politics of youth crime: the ways in which youth crime is understood and talked about, both formally and informally, and the actions, laws, and policies that derive from this discourse. Stats say youth crime has remained stable since 92, however a study done in 95 showed that in 2 week span, 94% of the youth crime articles were about violent crimes. Criminal activity is the primary focus of stories about youth.