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Rate of Indigenous youth in justice supervision declining

A protest outside the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children, Darwin Source: AAP

A new report reveals that the rate of young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people under youth justice supervision has fallen over the past five.

According to a new report by the Australian Institute for Health and Welfare, a government body, the rate of Indigenous young people aged between 10 and 17 has fallen from 176 per 10 000 to 172 per 10 000. 

In a conversation with NITV Radio, Ana Ritson, spokesperson for the AIHW, said that this decline is welcome news and hopes it is be part of an ongoing trend. 

It is better to keep the young people in community, out of the justice system.

‘Being under youth justice supervision doesn’t always mean a young person is in detention. Around four in five young people (4,767) received community-based supervision such as home detention, bail, parole and probation,’ Ms. Ritson said. 

‘The remaining 1 in 5 (956) were in detention, most of whom were remanded in custody awaiting the outcome of their charges."

The spokesperson of the AIHW also reiterated that it is better to keep the young people in community, out of the justice system.

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