Young people returning to sentenced youth justice supervision 2017–18

Young people returning to sentenced youth justice supervision 2017–18

29 August 2019

This report investigates re-offending rates among young people in Australia.

This report has been published by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).

The report looks into how often young people are back before the courts and sentenced to youth detention or community-based supervision, as a measure of the effectiveness of youth justice rehabilitation programs. Data from 2000/01 to 2017/18 for young people aged 10–17 years was analysed.

The findings show that:

  • the majority of these young people (59%) serve only one sentence and do not return
  • a minority of these young people return to sentenced supervision four or more times, in particular young people who's first sentence was youth detention
  • Young Indigenous Australians were 1.6 times as likely as their non-Indigenous counterparts to return to sentenced supervision before the age of 18 years.

Access the report via the AIHW website.

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