The Northern Territory’s Don Dale Youth Detention Centre.
Do we want to punish some of the most vulnerable young people in the community, or do we want to reduce re-offending? The Northern Territory’s proposed youth justice reforms suggest the former.
The Queensland opposition wants an 8pm curfew for children under 14 and 10pm for those under 17, in Townsville and Cairns.
Decriminalization of simple drug possession would treat drug use as a health issue, not a criminal justice issue.
Young people often swallow any drugs they have on them when they encounter police, risking overdose to avoid a drug possession charge.
A demonstrator heads to an anti-violence protest in Chicago, which has struggled with gun violence for decades, July 7, 2018.
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Gun violence has killed hundreds of Americans, including kids, this summer. There are proven ways to bring peace to city streets, says an expert in violence prevention – but someone has to pay for it.
European football leagues’ popularity and increased internet access make football betting attractive among young people in Nigeria.
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What needs attention is the lack of opportunity that drives sports betting.
Canada needs to address the problems facing what are known as crossover youth.
The federal government should create a federal child and youth advocate — a children’s commissioner — in order to help Canada’s crossover youth.
An estimated 85% of bushfires are lit by humans.
Australia devotes countless resources to fighting bushfires, but precious little to examining the main cause - humans.
Lifelong anonymity orders are a rare and exceptional interference with freedom of expression.
Stop and search and other police tactics cannot address the complicated social problems that are linked to knife crime.
Slang: sometimes difficult to decipher.
The relationship between street slang used by young people and secret codes deployed by gang members is not always straightforward.
This photo from May 2018 shows Cyntoia Brown at her clemency hearing at the Tennessee Prison for Women in Nashville, Tenn. On Jan. 7, 2019, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam granted executive clemency to Brown, serving a life sentence for a murder that happened after she was forced into sex work.
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Cyntoia Brown has been granted clemency for killing a man when she was a teenager and forced into the sex trade. The case showed why the justice system must stop punishing women for defending themselves.
Why is the age of criminal responsibility in the UK the lowest in the European Union?
If the UK is to break the cycle of reoffending, it needs to meet the basic needs of young people in prison and respect the basic human right of adequate nutrition.
There are no easy answers when it comes to tackling knife crime but young people must be at the centre of any possible solution.
Victoria is introducing legislation to require young criminal offenders to wear electronic tracking devices.
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.
Efforts to regulate social media and censor drill music are wasted. Instead, teachers and police need to give young people opportunities to grow.
Violence in UK schools is at record levels, but expelling pupils isn’t always the answer.
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.
Research has found police in schools programs can work, where the focus is on the safety and education of young people.
Tough-on-crime models of policing students don’t reduce youth crime, but community engagement programs for at-risk youth can be beneficial.
A curfew was introduced in Northbridge WA as part of a wider push aimed at protecting child welfare and making the suburb safer.
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?