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Overhaul for youth justice laws

The Queensland Government has announced that the state’s youth justice laws will be overhauled with significant amendments to the Youth Justice Act 1992.

The proposed changes are designed to make young offenders more accountable for their actions and help them get their lives back on track.

Publication of identifying details about repeat young offenders will be allowed, including during bail proceedings, unless the court makes an order restricting publication. Courts will be able to consider a person’s childhood criminal history, including offences where no conviction was recorded, when they are being sentenced as an adult.

Breach of bail will be made an offence where a young person commits an offence while they are already on bail.

The principle of detention as last resort will be removed for all offenders, regardless of age, providing courts with the full range of sentencing options and allowing them to make appropriate and effective decisions in relation to serious and repeat offenders. It will also be removed from common law.

Young offenders will be automatically transferred to an adult correctional facility when they turn 17 if they still have six or more months of their sentence to complete. This will apply to repeat offenders and those charged with serious violent or sexual offences. While the maximum penalty for serious graffiti crime has also increased from five to seven years jail.

Last reviewed
30 September 2013
Last updated
30 September 2013

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