Juvenile offenders

ALTERNATIVE LABELS
Youth offenders
Youth violence
NARROWER TERMS
Report

Youth detention population in Australia 2021

This report presents information on the youth detention population in Australia from June 2017 to June 2021.
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Do violent teens become violent adults? Links between juvenile and adult domestic and family violence

Previous research exploring pathways into domestic and family violence (DFV) has primarily examined associations between early victimisation and future offending. Less is known about the relationship between adolescent DFV offending and adult DFV offending. This study examined the offending pathways of 8,465 young offenders aged...
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Young people returning to sentenced youth justice supervision 2019–20

This report measures the number of young people who were released from a supervised youth justice sentence and who were subsequently returned—that is, young people who received another supervised sentence after the end of their initial sentence. Supervised sentences include both community-based and detention sentences.
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Review of the service system and implementation requirements for raising the minimum age of criminal responsibility in the Australian Capital Territory: final report

The ACT Legislative Assembly has committed to raising the minimum age of criminal responsibility. This report identifies opportunities for reform to achieve improved outcomes for children and their families. It also proposes an alternative response to meet the needs of children affected by the changing...
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Accommodating transition: improving housing outcomes for young people leaving OHC

This research examined the housing, homelessness, mental health, alcohol and drug and juvenile justice service usage pathways for out-of-home care (OHC) leavers in Victoria and Western Australia.
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Deaths in custody in Australia 2019-20

The National Deaths in Custody Program has monitored the extent and nature of deaths occurring in prison, police custody and youth detention in Australia since 1980. In 2019-20 there were 113 deaths in custody. This report contains detailed information on these deaths and compares the...
Strategy

Working together changing the story: youth justice strategy 2019-2023

This document outlines the Queensland government's strategy for dealing with youth justice through better prevention and more effective responses to youth crime to keep communities safe, while improving the outcomes for young people.
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Changing the sentence: overseeing Queensland’s youth justice reforms

In June 2019, the Director-General of the Department of Youth Justice asked the Queensland Family and Child Commission (QFCC) to help monitor initiatives linked to recent youth justice reforms and to examine options for future investments. This report is the outcome of that request.
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Court appearances via video link for young people in detention in Queensland

This research identifies strategies to improve current video-link processes and changes to protocols needed to minimise the risk of adverse outcomes for the children appearing via this technology.
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Our youth, our way

This report examines the lived experiences of Aboriginal children and young people in Victoria and the factors contributing to their over-representation in the youth justice system.
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Youth justice in Australia 2019-20

This report looks at young people who were under youth justice supervision in Australia during 2019–20 because of their involvement or alleged involvement in crime. It explores the key aspects of supervision, both in the community and in detention, as well as recent trends.
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Early-career offending trajectories among outlaw motorcycle gang members

This study examines the criminal histories of outlaw motorcycle gang (OMCG) members during adolescence and early adulthood to determine whether the profile of young members has changed over time.
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Youth detention population in Australia 2020

This report presents information on the youth detention population in Australia from June 2016 to June 2020.
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No place for a child: alternatives to imprisoning children in Cambodia

From July to October 2020, This Life conducted extensive research into the current status of the implementation of the Cambodian Law on Juvenile Justice. This document summarises the main findings of this research, noting that Cambodia has made slow, but significant, advances in juvenile justice...
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Youth justice indicators summary report

This report provides insight into the performance of various aspects of the New Zealand youth justice system from 2009/10 to 2019/20.
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Children held on remand in Victoria: a report on sentencing outcomes

This report examines case outcomes for children who were held on remand in Victoria in 2017–18. It reports on the demographics and criminal history of children held on remand, the offences remanded children were charged with and the outcome of their case. It considers the...
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What are the characteristics of effective youth offender programs?

This review consolidates research on the practical implementation of tertiary youth offender programs to identify the design, delivery and implementation factors associated with positive changes in youth offending behaviours.
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Insights into contemporary young offender behaviour in Victoria

This report presents the findings from the first qualitative study of a sample of 15 Victorian young people who were serving a custodial sentence in a youth justice facility for violent motor vehicle offence(s). The research aims to understand young people’s backgrounds and motivations for...
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Care-experienced children and the criminal justice system

It has long been suggested that children in out-of-home care are more likely to come into contact with the criminal justice system. This paper investigates the link between the experience of care and involvement with the criminal justice system, using a multi-method approach that includes...
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Young people returning to sentenced youth justice supervision 2018-19

This report presents data on returns to sentenced supervision using measures developed as part of a related Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) project— 'Using the Juvenile Justice National Minimum Data Set' to measure juvenile recidivism.