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Judge Borchers: no misconduct but inappropriate conduct

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Judge Greg Borchers (left) did not accuse a youth of taking advantage of the recent death of his mother in explaining his offending in the Alice Springs Youth Justice Court, but he has been found to have "engaged in inappropriate judicial conduct" and will be removed from his duties at the youth court, says Chief Judge of the Darwin Local Court, Dr John Lowndes.

Youths in trouble, troubled youths

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With the Northern Territory’s child protection and youth justice systems under the spotlight KIERAN FINNANE spends some time in the Alice Springs Youth Justice Court, one link in the chain.

'No evidence that curfews reduce crime" – Jodeen Carney's Youth Justice Review

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. 

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