Northern Territory youth justice models

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Northern Territory youth justice models

Fixing a broken system

Deloitte Access Economics was engaged by the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory to undertake a cost benefit analysis of an alternative youth justice model in the Northern Territory.

Deloitte Access Economics was engaged by the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory to undertake a cost benefit analysis of an alternative youth justice model in the Northern Territory (NT).

The rate of detention of young people in the NT is substantially higher than any other state or territory in Australia. While other jurisdictions have seen improvements in young people’s detention rates across Australia over the last five years, the NT has experienced an increase in detention rates over the same period from 55 to 63 per 10,000 young people. On average, 94% of young people in detention in the NT during 2015-16 were Indigenous.

This report outlines a three-pronged response to reduce the number of young people in detention in the NT by preventing young people from entering detention in the first place and rehabilitating young people who will still go to detention. The modelled intervention includes an increase in diversion, bail accommodation and detention that is restorative, and rehabilitates young people in detention. 

The evidence in the report strongly supports reforms of the current NT youth justice system.

Published: November 2017

Northern Territory youth justice models
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