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LCA and AMA call on Australian governments to raise age of criminal responsibility to 14

Australia’s peak legal and medical bodies are today calling on all Australian governments to increase the minimum age of criminal responsibility to 14. In a powerful joint statement, the Law Council of Australia (LCA) and the Australian Medical Association (AMA) are demanding action on the “national tragedy” of jailing children as young as 10. The LCA and AMA believe the arrest, detention, or imprisonment of a child should be used only as a measure of last resort, and should only occur for the shortest appropriate period of time. Prison should not be a rite of passage for any child. Children who are forced into contact with the criminal justice system at a young age are less likely to finish school or...

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