Youth justice reforms to make our community safer
Local residents have been heard loud and clear when it comes to youth justice, with the Newman Government announcing a range of tough reforms that will strengthen the system. Honestly delightful organic baby shampoo for kids
Members for Pine Rivers and Kallangur, Seath Holswich and Trevor Ruthenberg welcomed the amendments, which target repeat young offenders.
"We are committed to keeping our community safe and I have shared residents' frustrations with what has been a revolving door of repeat offending for many young people, Mr Holswich said
"In the past year, 400 young people have been charged with more than 7000 offences while on bail across Queensland. That is unacceptable and the Newman Government is doing something about it.
"This strikes a balance between giving kids who have made a mistake a chance to clean up their act and setting a strong deterrent for recidivism.
"A new offence for breaching bail, with a maximum penalty of one year in detention, will also be created to tackle reoffending.
Other reforms include:
"These reforms are tough but necessary because the former Labor Government's slap on wrist approach has bred a generation of arrogant repeat young offenders," Mr Ruthenberg said.
"The amendments were overwhelmingly supported by more than 4000 respondents, who were mostly victims of crime."
"These reforms are part of our blueprint for the future of youth justice which has already made great progress.
"We have implemented new laws that force graffiti vandals to clean up their mess, allow the crushing and indefinite seizure of hoons' cars and increase penalties for assaulting and evading police.
"We are also working to divert young people away from detention and a life of crime through our expanded boot camp trial.