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NCJ Number: 229147 Find in a Library
Title: Recent Trends in Legal Proceedings for Breach of Bail, Juvenile Remand and Crime
Author(s): Sumitra Vignaendra; Steve Moffatt; Don Weatherburn; Eric Heller
Date Published: May 2009
Page Count: 8
Sponsoring Agency: New South Wales Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research
Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
Publication Number: ISBN 978-1-921306-99-0
Sale Source: New South Wales Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research
Level 8, St James Centre
111 Elizabeth Street
Sydney NSW 2000,
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Book (Softbound)
Language: English
Country: Australia
Annotation: This bulletin examines two factors that may have influenced the growth in juvenile remand in New South Wales (NSW).
Abstract: The first fact that may have influenced the growth in juvenile remand is a growth in the number of juveniles proceeded against by police for breach of bail. The second factor is a reform to the Bail Act 1978 (s.22A) in December 2007 restricting the number of applications for bail that can be made. Police activity in relation to breach of bail and the introduction of s.22A are both putting upward pressure on the juvenile remand population, the first by increasing the number of juveniles placed on remand, the second by increasing the average length of stay on remand. The initial increase in remand (from 2006) was a result of increased enforcement activity. The acceleration in remand after 2008 was due to the combined effects of enforcement and the introduction of s.22A. Among those juveniles who were remanded solely for not meeting bail conditions, the most common bail conditions breached were a failure to adhere to curfew conditions and not being in the company of a parent. No significant association was found between the growth in juvenile remand and the fall in property crime. These two factors were chosen as the subject of investigation because their influence is relatively easy to test. It should be noted, however, that a large number of changes have been made to the Bail Act 1978 since 1986, any or all of which could have influenced the proportion of juvenile defendants refused bail. Also examined is the question of whether the growth in remand has had any impact on crime. Tables, figures, notes, and appendix
Main Term(s): Juvenile Corrections/Detention; New South Wales
Index Term(s): Foreign judicial systems; Foreign juvenile justice systems; Juvenile bail; Remand procedures
Note: NSW Crime and Justice Bulletin No. 128, May 2009
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