Being seventeen in Queensland: A human rights perspective on sentencing in Queensland

Hutchinson, Terry C. (2007) Being seventeen in Queensland: A human rights perspective on sentencing in Queensland. Alternative Law Journal, 32(2), pp. 81-85.

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The Queensland criminal justice system has come under the international spotlight in relation to its policy on the treatment of 17 years old offenders. In Queensland, if you are a young offender, you are treated as an adult at 17. Queensland is now the only state in Australia where this occurs. The United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child in its latest Observations has voiced specific concerns in relation to this aberration. In its Concluding Observations on the latest Australian report, the Committee recommended that all 'necessary measures' be taken 'to ensure that persons under 18 who are in conflict with the law are only deprived of liberty as a last resort and detained separately from adults unless it is considered in the child's best interest not to do so' and specifically that in Queensland 'children who are 17 years old' are removed from 'the adult justice system'. Queensland is totally 'out of step' with national and international standards, and yes, it does matter.

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ID Code: 9037
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: For more information about this article, please contact the author.
Keywords: Sentencing Queensland juvenile offenders
ISSN: 1037-969X
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES (180000) > LAW (180100)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Research Centres > Law and Justice Research Centre
Current > Schools > School of Law
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 Terry C. Hutchinson
Deposited On: 17 Aug 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:35

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