50% Of Children In Detention Are Indigenous

50% Of Children In Detention Are Indigenous

Queensland Shadow Attorney General Jarrod Bleijie

Indigenous Youth Over Represented in Qld Detention

Victor P Taffa

Indigenous Children make up almost 50 % of Children in Queensland Detention, the State Opposition said today.

Shadow Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie said the release of the interim Juvenile Justice Report 2008/2009 confirmed Indigenous Children are over represented in Queensland detention centres.

“This latest national snap shot of youth justice proves Labor’s supported bail system was clearly not working and despite all their tough talk, hardly any child offenders have been sentenced to actual detention.”  Mr. Bleijie said.

“What we have under Labor is a revolving door that is recycling young offenders through Queensland’s Youth Justice System.”

“This toxic, long term Labor Government’s Mentality that we shouldn’t label child offenders is crippling Queensland’s justice system, so too is their belief these young offenders ‘will grow out of it.” Mr. Bleijie said.

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare has proved Labor’s approach has failed Queensland’s youth offenders.

The AIHW reported that on any given day, 80 of the 131 children in Queensland’s Detention Centres were there on remand, which meant they would not be released back into Queensland communities, but instead remain in custody to await further proceedings about their future.

The Report also found only 192 out of 684 child offenders had been sentenced by a court to a period of Actual Detention.

“The LNP are committed to a major overhaul of Youth Justice with a focus on early intervention strategies and mutli-systemic sentencing options that address the cause of the child offending.” Mr. Bleijie said.