On Thursday 13 April 2017 the A.T.J.C. made a submission to the Inquiry into Youth Justice Centres.
Our submission called for the closure of both Parkville and Malmsbury youth detention facilities; the immediate removal of young people from Barwon Prison; the need to invest in intensive decarceration strategies, and the promotion of youth voice and participation as integral to an empowerment model of governance.
The report is due to be tabled in Parliament on 1 August 2017.
On Friday 17 March 2017 A.T.J.C. made a Submission to the Inquiry into Drug Law Reform.
A.T.J.C. made numerous recommendations, including, calling for decriminalisation of drug use and possession, that numerous safe injecting facilities be established, needle syringe program be piloted in prisons and policing practices adopt harm reduction methods.
The Inquiry’s findings will be released no later than 9 March 2017.
The Andrew’s government announced that the youth justice system will be handed over to the adult prison system. A new 224 cell high security youth facility will also be built, which will include a super-max unit.
Charandev Singh from ATJC spoke on 3CR’s Doin’ Time on Monday 6 February about how this new system will continue to affect the most vulnerable and marginalised children and young people in Victoria. He said the government’s plan makes “no mention of rehabilitation… no mention of school and education” and will only “accelerate violence in the community”.
Listen to ATJC’s Charandev Singh on SBS’ Living Black program speak out on the militarisation of youth detention through the use of tear gas, isolation and the increasing use of force against young people.
Charandev tells SBS’ Bertrand Tungandame that “isolation is so damaging, so devastating and so counterproductive and so unsafe for children that it cannot be justified under any circumstances for any duration”.