Reframing the purpose, practice and place of juvenile detention in the Northern Territory.

Australian Government
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Submission to the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory, 2017, pp. 1 - 50 (50)
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It is clear that for real and lasting change to occur and to be able to create a respectable youth justice system in the NT, a thorough re-evaluation of the purpose, practice and place of detention is required. This submission supports such a re-evaluation, by presenting some findings from our collective experience and expertise related to detention design and research. We provide a summary of literature that helps build an understanding of the current state of dysfunction in the juvenile detention system. Then, drawing on our own experiences working in this context, we suggest a new way of framing juvenile detention that allows and encourages young people to flourish. We offer this perspective for the Commission’s consideration to illustrate that there are many opportunities through which the NT juvenile justice system could be reshaped, rather than to provide definitive or exhaustive conclusions about the way that this should be done.
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