Call for a National Youth Justice Action Plan

Don’t let the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory gather dust!

For 26 years Federal, State and Territory governments have failed to implement the recommendations of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody.

The shocking result: 

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children are locked up at 24 times the rate of other Australian kids
  • The rate of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’s incarceration increased by 77% between 2000 and 2015
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women comprise 34% of women behind bars but only 2% of adult female population

Just over 12 months ago, the nation was shocked out of its complacency by the horrific revelations of abuse of predominantly Aboriginal children inside the Don Dale Juvenile Detention Centre in the NT.

This resulted in the establishment of the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory.

The final report, released on the 17th November, is a critical moment to pressure government to take national action to address the appalling overrepresentation and treatment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in prison.

In the last 12 months we’ve seen and heard distressing allegations of physical and sexual abuse in Cleveland Detention centre in Queensland, Barwon prison in Victoria, Bimberi detention centre in the ACT and Reiby detention centre in NSW, and Western Australia.

We need national action to address this national crisis. We need national leadership.

Working as part of the Change the Record Campaign, we’re pushing for a national plan of action. We’ll be heading down to Canberra with our partners to call for clear action on the 27th November.

We cannot let this be another report that gathers dust, with little or no government action.

Stand with us and demand change so we stop another 26 years of government failure and a generation being lost behind bars.

Sign the petition to implement the 8 point plan for national action.

 

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