Youth justice

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Queensland’s draconian approach to youth justice sets kids up to fail | Ben Smee
Tightened bail laws have led to a spike in children being imprisoned – the long-term damage caused by short-term, vote-chasing politics

Ben Smee

03, Feb, 2023 @2:00 PM

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Head of Queensland police taskforce says ‘keeping children in detention’ not the solution
George Marchesini says new group will focus on preventing youth offending and work to address underlying complex factors

Eden Gillespie

01, Feb, 2023 @7:38 AM

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‘Storm the house’: Queensland care home receives threats after being wrongly identified as halfway house
Online posts urge violence against residents after premises described as a place for ‘youth offenders’

Ben Smee

31, Jan, 2023 @2:00 PM

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Australians urged to ditch ‘tough on crime’ mindset for youth justice as it does not work
As Queensland cracks down on young offenders, experts fear ill-informed public sentiment is influencing policy

Ben Smee

25, Jan, 2023 @1:00 AM

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Queensland’s harsher jail penalties for young offenders may increase violent crime, not reduce it | Ahona Guha
The state’s easy, emotion-driven reforms run counter to the evidence about what works to prevent crime

Ahona Guha

31, Dec, 2022 @11:55 PM

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Queensland government defends bail laws amid concerns over youth crime after Emma Lovell’s death
Cheryl Scanlon says youth crime is ‘complex’ while police minister says number of young people denied bail is proof of tough stance

Mostafa Rachwani

28, Dec, 2022 @8:10 AM

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‘I choose to forgive’: Brisbane cyclist explains why he sought leniency for driver who tried to mow him down
Abdirashid Abdi endured a terrifying 4WD chase by a stranger but says he found no peace in her incarceration

Joe Hinchliffe

25, Dec, 2022 @2:00 PM

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Victorian Greens to push for raising criminal age to 14, banning solitary confinement for children
At first sitting of state’s new parliament on Tuesday, the party will seek to capitalise on increased presence to pursue justice reform

Benita Kolovos

19, Dec, 2022 @2:00 PM

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Victorian Indigenous leader calls for urgent changes to child protection and justice systems
Co-chair of Victoria’s First Peoples’ Assembly says ‘we can’t wait until 2024 for a state-wide treaty and then begin negotiations on this work’

Adeshola Ore

13, Dec, 2022 @7:11 AM

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‘Torturous behaviour’: hundreds join class action against Western Australian juvenile justice centre
Current and former Banksia Hill inmates allege they were subjected to human rights breaches including forcible strip-searches

Sarah Collard

07, Dec, 2022 @5:40 AM

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Indigenous groups welcome Northern Territory raising criminal age but say 12 still too young
NT first jurisdiction in Australia to lift age while Aboriginal advocates and human rights experts continue push for at least 14

Sarah Collard

30, Nov, 2022 @4:07 AM

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Australia must end solitary confinement of children, UN committee against torture says
‘Serious concern’ raised about ‘very low’ age of criminal responsibility in report issued after suspended tour

Natasha May

29, Nov, 2022 @1:45 AM

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