28 June 2019
The Sentencing Advisory Council Crossover Kids report into vulnerable children in the criminal justice system released yesterday, is a powerful analysis of a historical & current failure to adequately address the trauma of childhood abuse & neglect.
This is a timely report given the recent Vic Government budget announcement of expansions & new prisons to be built.
Proposed new laws , listed to be debated in Parliament today, would result in more young people, often from disadvantaged parts of our community, getting caught up in the criminal justice system. These proposals come at a critical time when Victoria actually needs to be doing much more to reduce prison numbers and promote reforms to prevent people entering cycles of crime.
In a letter sent this week, Youthlaw calls on all candidates to consider the critical youth justice issues leading up to and beyond the upcoming Victorian election.
We urge candidates to back Youthlaw’s platform and the realistic solutions and evidence of what works to support all young people to have the opportunity to realise their potential.
We welcome the IBAC parliamentary committee report on the Victorian police complaints system, released on 4th September 2018 .
As you may know Youthlaw has been campaigning for independent investigation of police complaints, for many years This year Youthlaw and many other CLCs made submissions & spoke to the IBAC parliamentary committee .