Now it's youth crime: Crisafulli promises tough new laws
THE State Government has promised to introduce tough legislation when Queensland Parliament resumes next month in a bid to crack down on juvenile crime.
Acting Attorney-General David Crisafulli said on today changes to the Youth Justice Act formed a key part of the government's strategy to arrest juvenile crime rates across Queensland.
"These changes will finally make it clear to juvenile offenders that crime without consequences won't be tolerated in our suburbs," he said.
"Families should not have to live in fear of kids breaking into their homes and stealing their most prized possessions from under their noses.
"From Cape York to Coolangatta, communities have demanded action and we are determined to make our towns and cities safe and secure."
The number of juvenile offenders appearing before Children's Courts across Queensland has risen sharply over the past year.
The Queensland Children's Court annual report revealed 6642 juveniles faced court in relation to 26,186 charges.
The figures represent a 10.1% and 21.6% increase respectively over the previous year.
Mr Crisafulli said the laws would give the courts another string in their bow to deal with juvenile crime and complement the new boot camp option.
"Mistakes by kids can be forgiven, but the systematic disrespect for people and property by a proportion of juveniles in our communities must be addressed," he said.
"We make no apologies for listening to community concerns."