The Failings Of Youth Detention: Reflecting on the Baxter Riots

In light of recent riots at Kariong’s Frank Baxter Centre, ABC’s The Drum discussed the limitations of Australia’s approach to youth detention. It was a nuanced, intelligent conversation that confronted the tough reality of our juvenile justice system and how it is failing young people. We’ve compiled some takeaways from the 20-minute segment below, and recommend you watch it in full here. It started with some compelling statistics that will be familiar to anyone working with at-risk youth. We have just under 1000 young people in detention every day. Over 60% of detainees are still awaiting sentencing; locked up for months before they are ever convicted of a crime. Out of these 1000 young pe

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