Making the fun stop : youth justice reform in Queensland

Hutchinson, Terry C. (2014) Making the fun stop : youth justice reform in Queensland. Deakin Law Review, 19(2), pp. 243-274.

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In 2013 the newly elected conservative Liberal National Party government instigated amendments to the Youth Justice Act 1992 (Qld). Boot camps replaced court ordered youth justice conferencing. In 2014 there were more drastic changes, including opening the Children’s Court proceedings to the public, permitting publication of identifying information of repeat offenders, removing the principle of ‘detention as a last resort’, facilitating prompt transferral of 17 year olds to adult prisons and instigating new bail offences and mandatory boot camp orders for recidivist motor vehicle offenders in Townsville. This article compares these amendments to the legislative frameworks in other jurisdictions and current social research. It argues that these amendments are out of step with national and international best practice benchmarks for youth justice. Early indications are that Indigenous children are now experiencing increased rates of unsentenced remand. The article argues that the government’s policy initiatives are resulting in negative outcomes and that early and extensive evaluations of these changes are essential.

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ID Code: 81409
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Youth Justice, Youth Justice Act 1992 (Qld), 17 year olds, detention as a last resort, boot camps, mandatory sentencing, naming and shaming, rights of the child
ISSN: 1321-3660
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES (180000)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Crime & Justice Research Centre
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Schools > School of Law
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 [please consult the author]
Deposited On: 03 Feb 2015 22:44
Last Modified: 05 Feb 2015 00:00

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