Young people and custodial remand in Queensland


By Dr. Kelly Richards

The custodial remand of young people has recently emerged as a key issue for youth justice in Australia, due primarily to concerns about perceived increases in young people on custodial remand. Richards and Renshaw’s (2013) national study of remand for young people found that a diverse range of factors have influenced rates of remand, including the increasingly complex needs of young offenders, police performance measures, and the influence of victims’ rights.

Minimising the unnecessary use of custodial remand for young people is important, as Australia has obligations under several United Nations instruments (eg the Convention on the rights of the child (United Nations 1989)) to use detention of any kind only as a last resort for young people. Further, every jurisdiction except Queensland has legislation in place that provides that young people should only be detained as a last resort.

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