In Queensland youth crime is on the rise. The figures include an increase in stealing offences, unlawful use of vehicle charges, and property damage.
In 2021 the Queensland government imposed a controversial crackdown on youth crimes. Since then, the average number of young person’s held in custody has increased.
The crackdown came as a result of three high-profile killings occurred last year. The deaths involved youths driving stolen vehicles.
As a result of the initiative, new laws have been imposed including bail laws, as well as the use of GPS tracking devices for repeat offenders.
Youth offenders can now be denied the presumption of bail if found committing additional offences of a serious nature, whilst on bail.
It is believed that a small group of offenders, fewer than 400 youths, is responsible for over half of the crime committed in Queensland.
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