Townsville Bulletin

NEW YOUTH CRIME PLAN

- SHAYLA BULLOCH

EVERY hardcore juvenile offender in Queensland will be put on a tailored plan to stop their cycle of crime.

Assistant Commission­er Cheryl Scanlon said the next phase of the Youth Justice Taskforce’s battle against youth crime would involve diving into the lives, histories and traumas of each child on their exit from detention, and try to turn their lives around. Representa­tives from multiple agencies, including education, housing, police and Aboriginal issues, would pick apart the cases of each child in the top 10 per cent of juvenile offenders to implement a plan to help them. “This must be about intervenin­g early, keeping kids out of court, keeping kids out of custody and reducing reoffendin­g,” Ms Scanlon said.

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