Young people returning to sentenced youth justice supervision 2016–17 Report

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The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare has released a new report entitled Young people returning to sentenced youth justice supervision 2016-17

In each of the states and territories, the department responsible for youth justice is tasked with providing young people who are serving supervised sentences with services designed to
reduce their likelihood of returning to sentenced supervision, among other outcomes. So the rate of return to sentenced supervision is, in part, an indication of the performance of youth justice departments, although other factors beyond the control of these departments will also influence returns.

This report presents data on returns to sentenced supervision using measures developed as part of a related Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) project—Using the
Juvenile Justice National Minimum Data Set to measure juvenile recidivism (AIHW 2013, 2015b). 

Key findings: 

  • Of young people aged 10-17 who were under sentenced youth justice supervision at some time from 2000-01 to 2016-17, 39% returned to supervised sentence before turning 18.
  • Of young people aged 10-16 in 2015-16 and released from sentenced community-based supervision, 26% returned to sentenced supervision in 6 months, and 50% within 12 months.
  • Of those released from sentenced detention, 59% returned within 6 months, and 82% within 12 months.
  • Indigenous young people were more likely than non-Indigenous young people to return to sentenced supervision

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