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Andrews’ pledge to raise age of criminal responsibility in Victoria welcomed
Premier Daniel Andrews’ pledge to raise the age of criminal responsibility in Victoria – either as part of a national approach or on its own – will make a tangible difference to the lives of children, families and the broader community, says Jesuit Social Services.
Report ‘shows effectiveness’ of restorative justice programs
Jesuit Social Services says new data on the Australian Government’s spending on youth justice highlights the effectiveness of restorative justice programs.
Catholics ‘must act’ for racial justice to honour Martin Luther King’s struggle
Catholics “must act” for racial justice, starting with personal conversion, to honour Dr Martin Luther King Jr’s struggle and eliminate racial injustices, says the president of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops. Source: OSV News/NCR.
Victoria could ‘move first’ to raise age of criminal responsibility
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has signalled his willingness to raise the age of criminal responsibility if national action is lacking, as the Greens use their newfound influence to pressure Labor to reform the state’s youth justice system. Source: The Age.
Commission calls for age of criminal responsibility to be raised to 14
Victoria’s Yoorrook Justice Commission has called for the age of criminal responsibility to be raised from 10 to at least 14, to help stop vulnerable Indigenous children getting “lost in the pipeline” of child protection and criminal justice systems. Source: The Age.
Northern Territory raises age of criminal responsibility from 10 to 12
The Northern Territory Government has passed legislation to raise the age of criminal responsibility from 10 to 12, with changes to come into effect in the second half of next year. Source: NT News.
Report says prison population could be safely reduced by one-third
Australia’s prison population could be reduced by one-third with little risk to community safety, according to research conducted for the Institute of Public Affairs. Source: The Guardian.
Prisoners have right to ‘care, compassion and healing’
Just as Jesus offered redemption to thieves and tax collectors, so must Catholics routinely consider our similarly marginalised prisoner population, writes Catholic Health Australia’s Brigid Meney. Source: Catholic Outlook.
Social justice advocate takes on new national role
Long-time Brisbane-based social justice advocate Peter Arndt has commenced a new role as director of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference’s Office for Justice, Ecology and Peace. Source: ACBC Media Blog.