Mar 6, 2018

A deeper look at Vic crime and justice statistics shows two groups left behind

The laughable assertion that Victorians were "too scared" to go to restaurants due to apparent out-of-control youth gangs hides a deeper ignorance in the debate around justice, incarceration and mental health.

Alister McKeich

Freelance writer and academic

While the focus on so-called "African gangs" dominated media in the new year, incidents of youth crime in Victoria are actually decreasing across all measures.

The Sentencing Advisory Council recently reported that between 2010 and 2015 the number of children sentenced in the Children’s Court has decreased by 43%. Despite these statistics – which were published in a Victorian government report in last year – one would be forgiven for assuming that Victoria was about to be overrun by child criminals in some kind of suburban Lord of the Flies scenario.

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3 thoughts on “A deeper look at Vic crime and justice statistics shows two groups left behind

  1. gjb

    Why import troubled people, it is not Australian action or inaction’s that traumatized Africans, its their own people.
    Its a waste of $ to build prisons, and even bigger waste to bring damaged people here to be supported by the tax payer.
    Over populated countries in Africa should be left to famine and war as they traditionally always have.

    1. old greybearded one

      Yeah, great mate. Same for all the blokes who came traumatised form war torn Europe and the Jewish ghettos then. Oh crap they were white. How the hell do you think Africa got like it is? Anything to do with the scumbag American and European arms dealers? Maybe the colonial governments who stole the resources and ruined the traditional food economy? A good many famines in this world were created by colonial governments. Think India in the 40s, Ireland in 1847. You talk about tradition, but you have no grasp of the history to support your arguments.

  2. old greybearded one

    The best thin is always to prevent the crime. The problem that sees so many indigenous kids locked up is that they commit crimes. There is very little energy applied to preventing this with better targeting of resources, support for communities and getting the hope into the parents. I live with this every working day.

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