Former young offenders can be uniquely well-equipped to support teenagers at risk of getting caught up in crime.
Preliminary research into the Chess for Life Program in Alberta, Canada, shows that youth who are sentenced to chess instruction after committing non-violent crimes are learning useful life skills.
In Alberta, an alternative initiative sees youth who commit non-violent crimes sentenced to 25 hours of chess instruction with a University of Lethbridge professor.
Victoria has the lowest youth crime rate of any of the states, despite being the only one that does not have a police in schools program.
The police in schools model abolished in Victoria in 2006 represents an outdated, paternalistic approach to youth crime and would not likely reduce youth crime rates if we brought it back now.
Part of Feltham Young Offenders Institution has been deemed ‘not safe for either staff or boys’.
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A judge has ruled that placing a 16-year-old in solitary confinement breached his human rights.
Teaching young offenders about sex and relationships.
Because it's not just children in school who need to know how to put a condom on.
Tributes left to Elizabeth Edwards and her daughter Katie, murdered in April 2016.
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Two teenagers have been sentenced to life for a double murder. But their crime is extremely rare.
Naming and shaming exacerbates criminal behaviour due to the stigma attached with such a label.
Changes that would widen the gulf between Australian practice and international standards should be avoided at all costs.
The G4S-run youth offender institution that come under fire.
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Prison-style regimes are not safe for children – and especially for those who are already vulnerable.
Young people from New Cross get to tell their own stories.
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Given the chance to be creative, young people shine.
The evidence is in: policies to name and shame young offenders are based on knee-jerk assumptions and disrupt rehabilitative efforts.
Last month, Queensland’s Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie called for the public naming of all youth who appear in court. Echoing practices from the deep south of the USA where t-shirts, signs outside homes…