Queensland’s Parliament has passed contentious new youth justice legislation that is set to become law in a bid to “crack down” on recidivist young offenders, despite concerns raised by advocates.
- Police Minister Mark Ryan says the bill targets the “10 per cent cohort of hardcore youth offenders”
- Youth justice advocates have warned the legislation will be ineffective and further marginalise vulnerable children
- The legislation will see GPS tracking devices trialled on select groups of young offenders
The legislation includes a trial of GPS monitoring devices, strengthened anti-hooning laws, increased police powers and reversing the presumption of bail for serious indictable offences.
The new measures were introduced to combat…