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Lockdowns in youth justice centres triple under Labor

 

Thursday 31 October 2019

 Lockdowns in youth justice centres triple under Labor

The crisis in youth justice continues to spiral out of control under Daniel Andrews with the release of a report today showing that the number of lockdowns of young offenders has more than tripled.

The Commissioner for Children and Young People has today exposed the ongoing crisis in our youth justice system, reporting 49,400 lockdowns at Parkville and Malmsbury during 2018/19.

The report details “Being locked in their cells for hours … disrupts access to important education and rehabilitation programs, and can exacerbate mental health and behavioural concerns. In some cases, the effect of lockdowns on children appears to have directly caused incidents of poor behaviour or precipitated self-harm attempts”.

In an alarming insight into Victoria’s youth justice system, the Commissioner in her annual report also detailed that an average Parkville young offender would have been in lockdown 317 times during the past financial year, up from just 92 times in 2017/18.

Comments attributable to Shadow Minister for Youth Justice, Brad Battin:

“How many more warnings, reports and incidents does Daniel Andrews need to admit we have a youth justice crisis?

“With staff walking off the job because of assaults and riots, education services stopped and now the latest number of lockdowns in Victoria’s history, Daniel Andrews has no one else to blame but himself and his government.

“If a young offender is coming out of the system worse than when they went in, which is now more likely the case, the government has failed.”

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