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Call for Backup: Juvenile Detention in Australia

Apr 7, 2017

The Monthly magazine recently featured an essay by Russell Marks, titled "Call for backup."  The article provides an overview of the challenges faced by juvenile justice services across Australia, in recent times. There have been a number of incidents at youth detention centres around Australia, which raise questions about how to best respond to young people who commit crimes. The article provides an overview of the issues, which frequently come down to the balance between the therapeutic needs of young people in youth detention (the majority of whom have suffered from various degrees of trauma) with the public and media push for punishment.

Go to the article "Call for backup"