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This report analyses the numbers and rates of young people aged 10 and over who were in youth detention in Australia due to their involvement, or alleged involvement, in criminal activity. It focuses on trends over the 4-year period from the June quarter 2016 to the June quarter 2020. This report includes some data from the COVID-19 period, specifically in the March and June quarters 2020.

Key findings:

  • There were 798 young people in youth detention on an average night in the June quarter 2020. The vast majority (91%) were male. Most detainees (80%) were aged 10–17, a rate of 2.6 per 10,000 young people in this age group. The other detainees were aged 18 or over.
  • Almost 2 in 3 (64%) young people in detention on an average night in the June quarter 2020 were unsentenced—that is, they were awaiting the outcome of their court matter or sentencing. The remainder were serving a sentence.
  • Over the 4-year period from the June quarter 2016 to the June quarter 2020, the number of young people in detention on an average night fell from 922 to 798. Most of this decline was experienced during the most recent year; down from 943 young people in detention on an average night in the June quarter 2019.
Publication Details
ISBN:

978-1-76054-805-6

License type:
CC BY
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open