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‘Somebody is going to die’: Youth justice whistleblower reveals crisis in Victorian youth prisons

Tuesday 18th of June 2019 | Oceania, Australia
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On Friday, the Department of Justice and Community Safety revealed that one-in-four youth justice workers, front-line juvenile prison staff, have left the job this financial year.

The shocking staff retention figure comes after an attack at Malmsbury Youth Justice Centre last Thursday left a worker with a fractured eye socket and cheekbone.

A worker in the youth prison system, Craig (not his real name), said he’s not surprised by the staff turnover rate.

“The reason people are leaving is because the work space is so toxic and dangerous,” he told Neil Mitchell.

“Staff don’t feel safe going to work, and we feel like we’ve just been forgotten about.”

Craig said worker assaults have become much more common in recent times.

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