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Victoria is introducing legislation to require young criminal offenders to wear electronic tracking devices. Shutterstock

Why electronic surveillance monitoring may not reduce youth crime

Politicians like to appear tough on crime in election years. But Victoria's move to require youth offenders to wear electronic monitoring devices may not have a real impact.
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. Dean Lewins/AAP

Why police in schools won’t reduce youth crime in Victoria

The police in schools model abolished in Victoria in 2006 represents an outdated, paternalistic approach to youth crime and would not likely reduce youth crime rates if we brought it back now.
A curfew was introduced in Northbridge WA as part of a wider push aimed at protecting child welfare and making the suburb safer. kaex0r/flickr

FactCheck: did the Northbridge WA curfew see a ‘dramatic drop’ in crime?

Tim Nicholls said the introduction of a youth curfew in the WA suburb of Northbridge 'saw a dramatic drop in crime and a reduction in the anti-social behaviour of young people'. Is that right?
Has D.A.R.E. moved beyond the “just say no” days of the ‘80’s and '90’s? AP Photo/Nick Ut

The D.A.R.E. Sessions wants is better than D.A.R.E.

Jeff Sessions was met with considerable skepticism when he announced his desire to revive D.A.R.E. But it turns out that the current program is nothing like the ineffective D.A.R.E. of the '80's and '90's.
There is a clear link between communication disorders and young offenders – but what can we do about it? Youth justice image from www.shutterstock.com

Young offenders need a verbal toolkit to unlock literacy

Half of Australia’s young male offenders have a clinically significant, previously unidentified language deficit. It’s a shocking figure that comes after ten years worth of research into the oral language…

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