Changing the sentence: Report into Queensland youth justice initiatives and options for future reform
Jun 25, 2021
The Queensland Child and Family Commission (QFCC) has published a report titled “Changing the Sentence.” The report examines Queensland’s activities under pillars two and three of the Queensland Government’s “Working together Changing the Story; Youth Justice Strategy 2019 - 2023.” These pillars were “Keep children out of court” and “Keep children out of custody.” The QFCC report also considered the over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people in the youth justice system. The QFCC report has delivered 13 findings, including a call to invest in prevention and early intervention programs to help reduce factors contributing to a young person committing a crime. Other findings included returning decision-making about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people in the youth justice system to local communities and community-controlled organisations, as well as more proactive and early responses to re-engaging children and young people with education.