The problem can be rectified by the present Labor Government taking a tougher stance by amending the Bail Act and the Sentencing Act and maybe even the Criminal Code, write 1 Territory president BRAEDON EARLEY (pictured) and vice-president SUE FRASER-ADAMS.
As our warmer months return so will the crime and anti-social behaviour. The Chief Minister needs to sign off on the funding that he promised to get at least some youth services restored in Alice Springs, writes Chansey Paech (pictured), Alice Springs Town Councillor.
It costs about $200,000 per year to lock a young person up.
It costs about $83,000 per year to care for a young person.
The Youth Justice Review released by the Territory Government this week rejects the notion of a youth curfew, finding "no evidence that curfews are effective in reducing crime". This conclusion obviously applies to blanket curfews as the review notes that Apart from the courts already have the power to impose curfews on individual offenders.
The review was conducted by a team chaired by former Country Liberal MLA and Opposition Leader Jodeen Carney, who has a legal background, and included a lawyer, a legal research officer and a number of project officers.
Will the conclusion of the review be enough to put the youth curfew notion to bed? Probably not, for as the review notes, public perceptions of youth crime are "somewhat different" to the facts: that the numbers of offenders are "relatively low" as is the nature of their offending. However, the review acknowledges that youth crime is on the increase, with more apprehension, more matters coming before the court and more young people being held in detention, more often on remand that serving sentences. KIERAN FINNANE reports.