The youth justice system should consider alternative community-based models that better recognise the ability for young people to abandon crime.
Australia should look to the New Zealand model, which has a strong focus on community, and recognises that the majority of young people grow-out of participating in crime.
The Northern Territory is the only Australian jurisdiction where the media can identify juvenile offenders. The government now wants to end the practice.
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Open justice is in contest with other rights as the Northern Territory considers a bill to ban the media from juvenile court cases.
Youth detention center in Atlanta.
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A neuroscientist explains how detention can affect a developing mind, as a new law in California sets the highest age limit in the US for minors to be held criminally responsible, at age 12.
Plans for an industrial school in Feltham, England.
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The reconviction rates of children put in institutions was lower than it is today, new research shows.
Cyntoia after guilty verdict.
Cyntoia Brown was just 16 years old when she shot and killed a man in 2004. Under Tennessee law, she won't be eligible for parole until she is 67 years old. Is such a harsh sentence constitutional?
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Yoga programs specifically designed to heal girls' trauma are showing results in facilities across the country. Here's how.
Children currently in – or who have histories with – residential care services are more likely to have contact with the justice system.
Knowing why people with troubled childhoods may be more likely to engage in criminal activity is necessary to inform the development of effective prevention and early intervention initiatives.
Riots have hit youth detention centres in both Australia and the US.
Australian jurisdictions should enact permanent solutions to juvenile justice crises that replace large and ineffective youth prisons with a safer, more decent alternative.
Policymakers are reluctant to acknowledge the care system is producing criminals.
Few people are talking about how children in residential care and those in juvenile jail are essentially the same people.
Rather than assisting in prevention and allowing children to mature out of offending, juvenile detention does the opposite.
Important questions are being asked about why children were abused in juvenile detention in the Northern Territory. But we also need to ask why children are being detained at all.
Should places like the Don Dale Youth Detention Centre even exist?
The Don Dale scandal is an opportunity to ask whether incarceration achieves the aims it sets out to achieve, or just further hardens criminals.
George Brandis, former NT chief justice Brian Martin, who will head the royal commission, and Malcolm Turnbull announce the commission’s terms of reference.
The royal commission's terms of reference hold some promise, but more needs to be done about juvenile justice and child protection systems across Australia.
The shocking abuse of young inmates at the Don Dale Youth Detention Centre has prompted a royal commission.
The shocking incidents at the Don Dale Youth Detention Centre, revealed this week, are not in isolation.
The forthcoming royal commission should bring recommendations that could improve the future treatment of young people in juvenile detention.
The abuse at Don Dale detention centre has been known for some time, but nothing has been done about it.
Young men with problem drug-use have high rates of mental health problems and backgrounds of contact with child protection.
Awareness of social factors, such as society's perpetuation of masculinity, are critical to understanding the interconnections between trauma, disadvantage and substance abuse in young men.
Early intervention and diversion away from the criminal justice system can enable Aboriginal people with mental and cognitive disabilities to live with dignity.
The predictable path into prison for Aboriginal people with disabilities is preventable. Here are some solutions.
It’s vital to ensure youth put behind bars have been properly assessed before sentencing.
Many young people in jail suffer fetal alcohol spectrum disorders. Diagnosing these before sentencing will establish the most appropriate path for these vulnerable offenders, which often isn't jail.
Young people in custody or serving community-based orders suffer from depression, substance abuse and dependence at significantly…
A report has found 34% of young people serving a community-based order and 66% in custody have a substance abuse problem.
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Improving health services in the juvenile justice system and the community could reduce the risk of youth offenders repeating…
Queensland unveils tenders for two new boot camp programs for young offenders.
The Queensland Attorney-General, Jarrod Bleijie, has authorised a tender process for the operation of two youth boot camps. The camps, aimed at 13 to 17 year olds, are to be trialled in Cairns and on the…