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Locking up young offenders in adult jails not acceptable

Locking up young offenders in adult jails not acceptable

By LIV Media

Young Persons 


The Law Institute of Victoria remains strongly opposed to the Victorian state government sending 40 young offenders to adult prison, following riots at Parkville Youth Detention Centre.

LIV president Steven Sapountsis said that, while the government’s actions are understandable, they are not something the LIV can agree with.

“We have consistently maintained, on sound and experienced advice, that it is inappropriate to lock children up in adult jails. It teaches worse behaviour, costs a lot of money, is in breach of our international obligations and simply does not work,” he said.

Mr Sapountsis said that a more constructive and longer term resolution to a clear problem was anticipated from the recent Youth Summit hosted by Victoria Police and the Herald Sun newspaper. “However, it appears that the recommendations from that summit are still to be agreed upon.”

“While incarceration in an adult jail of young offenders may seem an attractive short term ‘fix’, it is in the best interests of the community that a longer term solution be found – with the help of those who work in the field, including lawyers,” he said.


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