‘Tough on crime’ measures have failed in the past. The Northern Territory should not resort to them | Sophie Trevitt

‘Tough on crime’ measures have failed in the past. The Northern Territory should not resort to them | Sophie Trevitt

The Guardian

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These measures would see the number of Aboriginal children locked up behind bars skyrocket

On Tuesday last week – less than a fortnight after A Current Affair aired a 15-minute expose on “youth crime” in Alice Springs – the Northern Territory government announced some of the harshest youth justice measures in the country. The chief minister, Michael Gunner, announced plans that would drag the Northern Territory back to the ineffective, “tough on crime” measures that predated the NT royal commission.

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