Youths who break the law may be looking at a 3 strikes mandatory detention policy under Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington’s government.
With the election four months away, Ms Frecklington has announced this hardline approach to combat rising youth crime across Queensland.
Community Payback Farms
Another proposed change is to introduce 5 “Community Payback Farms”.
These farms would be for youths who are released from youth detention to live there so they can learn new skills and self-discipline, and take ownership of their actions.
Monitoring Bail Conditions
Police currently monitor compliance with bail conditions for youth offenders.
Under a Frecklington government, bail condition compliance monitoring would be conducted by staff from the Youth Justice Department.
This would mean Youth Justice Department staff would door knock houses to make sure youths were not breaking curfews.
Another proposed change is to ensure judges consider a youth offender’s criminal history if they are being sentenced as an adult for any criminal offence.
Justice Reinvestment Program
The Opposition Leader has said a Frecklington government would undertake a 2 year trial, named the “Justice Reinvestment Program.”
This program would focus on communities with a high concentration of offenders and aim to improve the physical, cognitive, social and emotional health of children to try avoid reoffending.
Youth Bail Houses
Youth bail houses would be discontinued due to an independent evaluation that identified youth bail houses as expensive and ineffective.
Ms Frecklington stated ““The LNP will overhaul the failing youth justice system that has brought so much crime and misery to communities like Townsville, Cairns and the Gold Coast.”
Will The Changes Proceed?
These changes are dependent on the outcome of the October 2020 election.
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Marszalek, J, “Three strikes: LNP’s plan to combat youth crime”, The Courier Mail, 7 July 2020
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