Sentencing young offenders as adults

August 31, 2017

31 August 2017

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On 5 July 2017, the Government introduced the Statutes Amendment (Youths Sentenced as Adults) Bill 2017 to Parliament.  The Bill seeks to reverse the previous primary focus in sentencing young offenders from rehabilitation to protection of the public.

The Guardian’s submission in response to the Bill argues that the Bill not only violates many  agreements and principles governing the treatment of young people, including the Government’s own child safety legislation passed this year, but is likely to be ineffective or even counter-productive in increasing public safety.

Download the Guardian’s submission now.

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