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The NT’s tough-on-crime approach won’t reduce youth offending. This is what we know works

Last week the Northern Territory (NT) government proposed legislative changes to youth justice, including tightening access to bail and diversion, particularly for re-offenders.

We expect the legislation could go through as early as today.

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But this tough-on-crime approach runs contrary to what we know works to reduce youth offending and keep children healthy.

Nine national and local health organisations have written an open letter to NT government ministers warning the reforms “pose a significant threat to the health and wellbeing of an already vulnerable cohort of young people”.

Evidence-based solutions recognise youth crime is not solely a justice issue: it’s also health and…

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