Comparisons between the youth and adult justice systems: 2012–13

Youth justice Prisons Detention of persons Police Australia

Overview: This fact sheet summarises some of the key similarities and differences between young people and adults in the justice systems in Australia. In all states and territories, young people aged 10 and over can be charged with a criminal offence. Separate justice systems exist for young people and adults, each with specific legislation. In most cases, the upper age limit in the youth justice system is 17 at the time of the offence (16 in Queensland). Some young people aged 18 and over are under youth justice supervision; reasons for this include their age at the time of the offence, continuation of their supervision once they turn 18, and their vulnerability or immaturity.

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