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Bail support

By johnboy - 28 October 2011 24

Some might think that a major problem for kids going off the rails has been a lack of boundaries.

Despite that Joy Burch has announced still more accommodating arrangements for the youth who have found themselves in the justice system (most often a problem of their own making).

“Remanding young people in custody should be one of the last resorts of any legal system,” Ms Burch said.

“Staff in the service will assist in identifying alternative accommodation for young people if required, and will also be able to assist young people to comply with their bail conditions.”

The after-hours bail service will support young people who are already on bail and those facing fresh charges outside of daytime business hours, where bail is being considered.

“The service will operate each evening and into the early hours of the morning to provide advice to police and young people about options to support young people who are going to be placed on bail or who already are on bail.

“We know that reduced exposure to a custodial environment has a significant impact on reducing recidivism amongst young offenders, and through this program we aim to reduce the likelihood of a young person being placed on remand for a short period until the necessary arrangements can be made to grant them bail.”

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Henry82 11:41 pm 30 Oct 11

There are programs in the US where trouble kids are taken to adult prisons, and verbally “roughed up” by the inmates. Then they sit down with some oldies who talk about how s*** prison actually is. I wonder if it has had any effect, and whether it would be useful here.

Wily_Bear 7:05 pm 30 Oct 11

While i am all for giving someone a chance, more so for a child. I can’t help but wonder how many of these children have had the ” opportunities” your talking about and still went ahead and re-offended? how many opportunities should those children get?, when can we finally say ” sorry young person, you may not go home to your friends and family” ?

I agree there does have do be an end point, and circumstances will exist where a child will need to be in custody. However, if I am interpreting this release correctly, it would seem this service exists to support those who would have been granted bail, but may not have the support available to allow the Magistrate to agree to it. This is one way to ensure that a kid is not further disadvantaged by crap parents, poverty, homelessness etc.

TheDancingDjinn 2:25 pm 30 Oct 11

Wily_Bear said :

I applaud this initiative, as it would seem an unhappy situation to remand a child in custody simply because their is no suitable support for them, especially given the law provides for a presumption of bail.

Lookoutsmithers, congratulations are due for bringing level headed analysis to such a polarised debate. I really feel for those who have been victims of crime, however I implore you to consider that a compassionate response to children is in the long term interests of the community. Like Smithers, I too could have gone the wrong way, save for being afforded opportunities by good people.

While i am all for giving someone a chance, more so for a child. I can’t help but wonder how many of these children have had the ” opportunities” your talking about and still went ahead and re-offended? how many opportunities should those children get?, when can we finally say ” sorry young person, you may not go home to your friends and family” ?

Classified 11:25 pm 29 Oct 11

It’s certainly thuggish behaviour.

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