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NCJ Number: 212086 Find in a Library
Title: Profile of Young Offenders in the ACT 2001-2002
Author(s): Helen Hill; Cora Wright; Alice D'Costa; Wendy Taylor; Paul Atyeo
Date Published: 2003
Page Count: 89
Sponsoring Agency: Australian Capital Territory Government
Canberra ACT 2601, Australia
Australian Institute of Criminology
Canberra ACT, 2601, Australia
Publication Number: ISBN 0-642-60231-X
Sale Source: Australian Institute of Criminology
GPO Box 2944
Canberra ACT, 2601,
Document: PDF
Type: Statistics
Format: Book (Softbound)
Language: English
Country: Australia
Annotation: This report provides data on the characteristics of youth, ages 12-25, being processed in the justice system of the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) in 2001-2002.
Abstract: In 2001-2002 there were 2,571 youth between the ages of 12 and 25 who had been charged by the police, and 1,679 (2.4 percent) appeared before ACT courts. A total of 439, ages 12 to 18, were serving court orders in the juvenile justice system. Of these, 434 were under community-based orders, and 5 were remanded but released from court with no further involvement with Youth Justice Services. A total of 451 were serving court orders in the adult justice system, including 350 serving community orders, 171 in detention, 20 on periodic detention, and 29 committed to New South Wales prisons. Approximately four out of five youth in the ACT justice system were male. Among Indigenous people 12-18 years old, however, the proportion of females was relatively higher than in the general population. Indigenous youth as a whole were overrepresented in the ACT justice system in 2001-2002. The main offense types for all offenders were theft, assault, burglary, and motor vehicle offenses. Based on this data, the report recommends reviews of the instances of cautions and diversionary conferencing, the higher proportion of youth 16-17 years old, the high number of males, the overrepresentation of Indigenous youth, and the lack of comprehensive data on young offenders and a mechanism for tracking them through the justice system so as to ensure they receive adequate support and rehabilitation. Extensive tabular and graphic data and 16 references
Main Term(s): Juvenile statistics
Index Term(s): Foreign juvenile delinquency; Foreign juvenile justice systems; Offender profiles; Young adult offenders
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