Too young for Facebook, old enough for prison?

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As former head of Medical Services at the prison-like Parkville Youth Justice Precinct in Melbourne, paediatrician Dr Mick Creati has seen children as young as 11-years-old incarcerated. And jail, he says, is no place for a child.

Under Australian law children are deemed criminally responsible at age ten and can be prosecuted and imprisoned.

According to Dr Creati, the science tells us that ten is too young to be held criminally responsible; children’s control over their impulses isn’t fully developed.

Read the full article on the University of Melbourne's Pursuit site.


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