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This research report examines 145 cases before the NSW Children's court and describes the circumstances in which a young person was likely to be breached on their bail.

Early in 2008, the Youth Justice Coalition (YJC) identified the issue of bail and its impact on young people in the juvenile justice system as a priority policy area, particularly in relation to homelessness. There was little research evidence available at the time about the scale of this problem. To contribute to the policy discussion in a productive way, the YJC decided to develop its own research program to address the identified gaps in information.
The aim of the research is to find out what is happening to young people in relation to bail, particularly those young people who are homeless. It is also anticipated that the issues raised in this report will provide policy makers, administrators and researchers with information allowing them to identify areas that require further research and
policy action.

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