Young People Returning to Sentenced Youth Justice Supervision 2016-17

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Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, 2018 - Juvenile delinquents - 32 pages
This report looks at youth recidivism, with a review of how often young people aged 10-17 years old are again before the courts and sentenced to youth detention or community-based supervision. It examines the rate of return to sentenced supervision at any time, and within 6 and 12 month, and considers factors such as length of first sentence, time to return, total number of sentences, gender, Indigenous status, and state or territory. Data is taken for 2016-17 from the Juvenile Justice National Minimum Data Set (JJ NMDS), a longitudinal person-based data set containing information on young people under youth justice supervision, across Australia except for the Northern Territory. The analysis reveals that the majority of these young people serve only one sentence and do not return. A minority of young people go on to receive a large number of sentences before they turn 18, especially if their first sentence was detention rather than community-based supervision. Young Indigenous Australians were 1.7 times as likely as their non-Indigenous counterparts to return to sentenced supervision.

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