Professor Kerry Carrington from the School of Justice, Faculty of Law, spoke to ABC’s Lateline program last night about the alarming human rights violations and mistreatment of young people in Queensland’s juvenile detention centres.
Heightened concerns about the State’s juvenile justice system have emerged from the release of shocking CCTV footage of alleged mistreatment of young people in the Cleveland Youth Detention Centre in Townsville.
Professor Carrington explains how the national trend of juvenile crime rates is decreasing, however the numbers of young people in juvenile detention, particularly in Queensland, is significantly increasing.
She states that “We have an overuse of detention of children in Queensland” and “an excessive use of remand for children.”
Additionally, Professor Carrington highlights how “64% of the juvenile detention population are Indigenous”.
To watch the full interview, click here.