find the latest legal job
Legal Inhouse / Lawyer / Company Secretary
Category: Other | Location: Brisbane QLD 4000
· Fantastic Company · Potential to be Part Time / Flexible Work Pattern
View details
Part Time Risk & Compliance Officer
Category: Other | Location: Brisbane QLD 4000
· Brisbane City · Flexible Part Time Hours
View details
Infrastructure Lawyer/SA
Category: Construction Law | Location: Sydney CBD, Inner West & Eastern Suburbs Sydney NSW
· Global elite law firm · Dedicated Infrastructure team
View details
In-House Legal Counsel (Mid to Senior)| Regulated Markets (Energy and Gas)
Category: Generalists - In House | Location: Melbourne CBD & Inner Suburbs Melbourne VIC
· Full PD on Request · Exciting High Impact Role
View details
Family Lawyer
Category: Family Law | Location: Eastern Suburbs Melbourne VIC
· Boutique Firm · Great Reputation
View details
Legal body blasts NT youth detention failures

Legal body blasts NT youth detention failures

Breakouts from youth detention in the Northern Territory demonstrate the system needs urgent reform, the Law Society of the Northern Territory has said.

The Don Dale Youth Detention Centre has experienced 11 escapes since August last year, with the most recent incident on Monday night (15 June).

The Law Society of the Northern Territory said the escapes show the centre, which was formerly an adult jail, is not a “safe, secure and suitable facility equipped to meet the very specific requirements of youth incarceration”.

“The situation has escalated well past the point of just being embarrassing for Corrections,” Law Society president Tass Liveris said.

“It is in the whole of the community’s interests that the juvenile justice system is proper and adequate. The ongoing incidents of escape and serious misbehaviour at Don Dale show the system is wanting in critical areas. It requires an urgent response from government.”

The society called for the Northern Territory Government to erect a purpose-built juvenile detention centre in the Darwin area.

Mr Liveris also suggested the increased use of punitive security measures was not an effective way to deliver justice for juveniles.

“One of the key purposes of youth detention is to provide troubled youth with education, counselling and treatment so they can acknowledge their wrongdoing, learn to take responsibility for what they’ve done and learn how to make better decisions,” he said.

Yesterday, Northern Territory corrections minister John Elferink responded to the escape spree by signing off on changes to the Youth Justice Act that would allow juveniles to be sent to adult prison without the approval of a court, the ABC reported.


Like this story? Read more:

QLS condemns actions of disgraced lawyer as ‘stain on the profession’

NSW proposes big justice reforms to target risk of reoffending

The legal budget breakdown 2017

Legal body blasts NT youth detention failures
lawyersweekly logo
Promoted content
Recommended by Spike Native Network
more from lawyers weekly
Anti-radicalisation programs playing ‘second fiddle’ to terrorism laws
Several academics have questioned the balance between Australia’s counterterrorism legislation and...
 William Ah Ket
‘Bamboo ceiling’ thought piece wins inaugural law prize
A paper that explores the idea of affirmative action to achieve greater diversity among members of A...
Nov 22 2017
Reduced investment protections will make robust commercial arbitration mechanisms all the more critical for investors
Promoted by Maxwell Chambers. This article discusses the current trend away from investor protect...
Allens managing partner Richard Spurio, image courtesy Allens' website
Jun 21 2017
Promo season at Allens
A group of lawyers at Allens have received promotions across its PNG and Australian offices. ...
May 11 2017
Partner exits for in-house role
A Victorian lawyer has left the partnership of a national firm to start a new gig with state governm...
Esteban Gomez
May 11 2017
National firm recruits ‘major asset’
A national law firm has announced it has appointed a new corporate partner who brings over 15 years'...
Nicole Rich
May 16 2017
Access to justice for young transgender Australians
Reform is looming for the process that young transgender Australians and their families must current...
Geoff Roberson
May 11 2017
The lighter side of the law: when law and comedy collide
On the face of it, there doesn’t seem to be much that is amusing about the law, writes Geoff Rober...
May 10 2017
Advocate’s immunity – without fear or without favour but not both
On 29 March 2017, the High Court handed down its decision in David Kendirjian v Eugene Lepore & ...