The ABC has the intriguing suggestion that putting a “safe place for detainees to have sex” into the Bimberi Youth Justice Centre might help the little darlings cut down the rampant spread of the clap.
“There’s no facility for conjugal visits, in fact there’s no thought of offering that facility,” he said.
“Yet we’re placing people in our care, we do know they are sexually active and we don’t acknowledge it.
“We don’t have the capacity to introduce them into functional safe sexual relationships, and that has health risks.”
Apparently we’d be the first in the world to offer conjugal rights to young people.
UPDATE 18/07/12 17:29: This statement in from Joy Burch’s office:
The ACT Government is not considering allowing conjugal visits for young people in the Bimberi Youth Justice Centre.
This was not something raised by the Human Rights Commission in its comprehensive review of Bimberi’s operations last year, nor has it been been formally raised with Government by other stakeholders in youth justice.
There is no youth justice facility in Australia that allows conjugal visits, and at this stage this is not something the ACT Government will consider.