Young people should not come into contact with the youth justice system, but when they do, they should only be detained as a last resort, and detention should be safe for them.
More can be done to address the root causes of contact with the justice system in NSW, to intervene early, and to utilise diversion to its full extent. A review of the youth justice system has found the health and wellbeing of young people have been put at risk. This must change.
- "NSW has the largest number of young people in detention compared with other states and territories.#CPPMatter #ChildrenMatter #NeverGiveUp
- In 2016–2017, 1,500 young people were being supervised either in the community or in a youth detention centre.
- 48% of children and young people in custody in NSW are Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people are 21 times more likely to be detained than non-Indigenous children and young people in NSW.
- 87% of young people in NSW prisons have a mental health condition (including alcohol or drug-related problems).
- $1,344 is the daily cost of detaining one child or young person in NSW. $490,560 is the cost of detaining one child or young person in NSW for one year.
- 66% of young people released from prison re-offend within 12 months."
(http://www.youthaction.org.au/keep_young_people_out_of_prison?fbclid=IwAR39cc4Y_Qw99QEIJDJshENW8R6ylO9PSYV-LnNhWzM_GMMRatn_rwiyvbU) CCP ADMIN-Karen