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Suspects are protected - but what about victims and witnesses? Suspects are protected - but what about victims and witnesses? Image via Shutterstock

Anonymity for serious child criminals is not fair on the accused or the victim

A campaign is at large to secure statutory anonymity for all young people under 18 who are accused of crime. Lawyers, criminologists, judges, sociologists, academics, and politicians are in on it. It is…
There is a clear link between communication disorders and young offenders – but what can we do about it? 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…
There’s no evidence that bootcamps on their own help young offenders. There’s no evidence that bootcamps on their own help young offenders. Youth crime image from www.shutterstock.com

Ten-hut! Boot camps can’t replace youth programs

During Queensland’s recent election campaign, the then state opposition leader, Campbell Newman, promised to spend $2 million trialling the use of correctional boot camps to address the problem of young…
Queensland unveils tenders for two new boot camp programs for young offenders. Queensland unveils tenders for two new boot camp programs for young offenders. flickr.com

Boot camps a poor fit for juvenile justice

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…
Young offenders may not be equipped with the skills to help them deal with restorative justice. Young offenders may not be equipped with the skills to help them deal with restorative justice. Flickr/Pandham

Restorative justice may not work for all young offenders

Educating young offenders about the consequences of their crimes is a key way to ensure they don’t re-offend. But bringing them face to face with their victims may not always be the right way to go. Young…