Bishop backs local fight against crime

Bishop Tim Harris, right, with One Community members Jeff Adams, left, and Uncle Russell Butler, centre. (Diocese of Townsville)

The Bishop of Townsville has thrown his support behind a local anti-crime group, blessing the “meaningful” members in their fight for action. Source: Townsville Bulletin.

By Shayla Bulloch, Townsville Bulletin

Catholic Bishop of Townsville Tim Harris has spoken out in support of Townsville One Community the day after well-known veteran Lieutenant General-retired John Caligari announced his support.

The regional advocates join the group’s leader, Jeff Adams in lobbying all levels of government to amend the Youth Justice Act to allow alternative sentencing options to be made available to judges, and long-term funding to be secured for rehabilitation programs.

Bishop Harris said he had noticed a surge in crime in this three years living in Townsville.

“I think the feeling is that things are too loose – the justice system is limited, as (are) the powers of police,” he said.

Bishop Harris said the current youth crime solution was “failing” and he feared a vigilante mentality may be brewing.

“Every day there is a drama and our streets are not as safe as they should be,” he said.

“These youths are not only destroying themselves and the community, but it destabilises the families and the fabric of our society.”

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Bishop backs crime battle (Townsville Bulletin)

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