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Youth detention focus on security hurts rehabilitation chances: Report

Thursday 9th of August 2018 | Oceania, Australia
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A focus on security over education in Victoria’s youth detention centres is hurting chances of rehabilitation and leading to reoffending.

That’s the finding from an auditor-general’s report into the cases of 40 young people in youth detention between January and June last year.

The audit found riots in 2016 and 2017 led to a “system under pressure”, with repairs reducing available accommodation and causing overcrowding.

Focusing on security impaired access to education and health services, the report released on Wednesday concluded.

“Young people in detention have not been receiving the rehabilitation services they are entitled to and that are necessary to meet their needs,” the report said.

“As a result, youth detention has not been effectively promoting reduced reoffending.”

At any time in Victoria, there are about 200 children and young people aged between 10 and 24 across the Parkville and Malmsbury youth detention centres. Aboriginal youth are overrepresented.

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