Queensland Law Society

Community views only part of whole in youth justice reforms

Date 25 Jul 2013
Contact Natalie Graeff, Manager Corporate Communication
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Queensland Law Society today expressed concern regarding proposed actions based on results of the government’s Safer Streets Crime Action Plan survey.

President Annette Bradfield said the government needed to strike a balance between community feedback with expert input and objective data. 

“Decisions should be made using a variety of information such as community focus group data, empirical data and detailed consultation with stakeholders,” Ms Bradfield said.

“Today’s survey outcomes are only one piece of the story.

“The statement by the Attorney-General that ‘the system isn’t working’ is a broad statement and it’s unclear as to what he is referring.

“We’re concerned that the proposed changes will lead to skyrocketing costs and increase the number of offenders as it casts the net wider.

“The most telling aspect of these results is that the responses favoured helping and supporting children to prevent offending in the first place rather than punishment acting as deterrence.

“The Attorney-General relies on the survey results to support his ‘tough on crime’ stance when the results may indicate something quite different.”