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Proposed reforms to youth justice in Queensland


Dwyer, AE and Richards, K and Carrington, K and Hutchinson, T, Proposed reforms to youth justice in Queensland, Submission, Crime and Justice Research Centre, QUT, Australia, 1, 1, pp. 1-7. (2013) [Report of Restricted Access]

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The proposed reforms to the youth justice system in Queensland are premised on the assumption that offending by young people is increasing. We noted (Carrington, Dwyer, Hutchinson and Richards 2012, 8) in a recent submission about the boot camps legislation that: "Statistics suggest that this concern is not warranted. Certainly studies show that ‘rates per 100,000 juveniles in detention in Queensland have been relatively stable compared with the national trend’ (Richards 2011) and that rates of detention of child offenders have declined generally in Australia over the last three decades. Youth offending statistics are affected by the diversion options used by the police, as well as by the numbers and levels of policing, and any special strategies such as Operation Colossus in the northern part of the state. ‘Community concern’ about crime does not always reflect the true rates of crime across Queensland. Policy should be based on valid evidence, not on ‘community concern’. With stable numbers of young people being detained in Australia, the research clearly suggests that youth offending is not escalating.".

Item Details

Item Type:Report of Restricted Access
Keywords:youth justice, Queensland, legislation
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Criminology
Research Field:Criminology not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Community services
Objective Field:Children's services and childcare
UTAS Author:Dwyer, AE (Dr Angela Dwyer)
ID Code:107109
Year Published:2013
Deposited By:School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2016-03-04
Last Modified:2016-03-04

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