In 2015, the Government changed and Labor Premier Palaszczuk watered down youth justice laws by:
- Abolishing breach of bail for juveniles as an offence;
- Dumping the early intervention “boot camp” programs to divert young offenders away from a life of crime; and
- Bringing in detention as a last resort, meaning that today even serious and hardened young criminals are not being detained.
It has been a disaster.
Eight years on under Labor’s Premier Palaszczuk, the results are in. The Youth Crime Crisis we see today has been the culmination of 8 years of young offenders getting away with crimes and progressing through to more serious crimes, hardening in their ways.
The lack of early consequences for actions has now escalated.
The LNP would re-instate breach of bail as an offence, bring back effective early intervention programs and remove detention as a last resort, so that the courts can sentence appropriately.