Simon Corbell brings news of better statistics related to indigenous people held in juvenile detention:
Mr Corbell welcomed the findings of the June 2013 Criminal Justice Statistical Profile which was tabled in the ACT Legislative Assembly today.
“In the 12 months to June 2013, there were 53 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander remands and committals at the Bimberi Youth Justice Centre, compared to 98 in the 12 months to June 2012,” Mr Corbell said.
“Year on year, that’s a 46% decrease – a very encouraging result which reflects the effort across governmentto engage with, and provide improved services, to indigenous youth.
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“ACT Policing has focused its attention on the use of cautions and warnings; it has increased its referral of young people to restorative justice conferencing; and the After Hours Bail Support Service which diverts young people from custody.
The other numbers Simon wanted to share were:
— Robbery, extortion and related offences decreased by 35%;
— motor vehicle theft decreased by 27%;
— sexual offences decreased by15%;
— burglary/break and enter dropped by 14%;
— public order offences decreased by12%;
— weapons offences decreased by10%; and,
— assaults decreased by 9%
Before we all wear out our back scratchers though it’s worth noting crime is disappearing all over the world as a result of DNA testing and ubiquitous cameras amongst other things. The Economist has more on this if you’re interested.