Send young crims out to the bush, says MP

 

AS TABLELANDS residents wring their hands at an apparent spike in crimes committed by under-age offenders, State Member for Hill Shane Knuth says the government has no other option but to send convicted offenders bush.

He said relocation sentencing - where offenders are sent to remote places to live and work - would enable errant youths to learn new skills and values and detox from drugs if substance abuse was an issue.

"At this stage, the government has no other choice but to adopt this principle - it's been proven in the past," Mr Knuth said. "It is an old Indigenous method of punishment called banishment.

State MP for Hill Shane Knuth says sending youths convicted of crimes out bush to learn new skills and values could be the solution to a perceived under-age crime spree on the Tablelands.
State MP for Hill Shane Knuth says sending youths convicted of crimes out bush to learn new skills and values could be the solution to a perceived under-age crime spree on the Tablelands.

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"If we keep these offenders in the community without rehabilitation or training, they will continue to be ingrained in the culture of criminality."

A rally will be held in Mareeba this Friday calling for action on crime.

Two youths were charged last week following an alleged carjacking spree.

Government data shows reoffending is a major issue, with 10 per cent of young offenders accounting for 44 per cent of youth crime - and 74 per cent of youths with a proven offence were charged again within 12 months. More than half those charged with a crime had used two or more substances and 33 per cent of youths in detention had used ice or other methamphetamines.

Originally published as Send young crims out to the bush, says MP


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