Keep 17 year olds out of Queensland adult prisons!

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Wendy Andrews
7 years ago
Why is Queensland being so archaic in lining up with the other Australian States on this matter!

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Vanessa Cause
7 years ago
If they aren't adult enough to buy alcohol or cigarettes and they are school students why put them in with grown adults who will harm them more and influence them into the adult they will become?? The law is supposed to protect young people not harm them by putting them in danger!!

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Christopher Vose
7 years ago
I am the father of 5 boys. I have seen many 17 year old boys do silly things that are stupid and irresponsible because they do not think. It is not just that they can go to jail, it is that they are treated as Adults under the justice system as a consequence of stupidity. Being arrested and interviewed as an Adult is very intimidating for a 17 year old boy especially when they can be held in a watch house for extended periods without their parents/guardians being advised.

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Christopher Vose
7 years ago
I am all for tough sentencing, however this needs to only be applied to Adults. 17 year olds are not Adults by any common sense definition. I am a proud Queenslander and do not like it when our state is made to look like a bunch of red necks. We cannot be the only jurisdiction where Adult laws are applied to Children. It looks amateur!

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Emily Chapman
7 years ago
This is a serious issue that needed to be implemented 21 years ago! No positives come from putting a 17 yr old child in an adult prison and it disgust me the fact that they are forced to endure the rape and numerous other things whilst in the adult jail.

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Brett Clarke
8 years ago
A 17 year old in every other sense is considered to be under age. They have no democratic right to vote, so cannot even influence decisions. Neither can they legally smoke or drink, the law can't have it both ways.

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Diana Clift
8 years ago
From a scientific perspective 17 year olds are not adults.

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Stephanie brisbane
8 years ago
Instead of sending 17 year olds to adult prisons, they need adequate treatment programs to cater to their age.

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Codie Beckhouse
8 years ago
Adult prisons create a very dangerous environment for young prisoners. A majority are raped or assulted in some way and are a lot more succeptible to the influences of older, more experienced and dangerous inmates resulting in them picking up worse habits and just ending up back in prison. Also, in every other aspect of the law, 17 year olds are considered children, they are still not able to legally marry, smoke, drink, vote, sign contracts etc. added to this 17 year olds do not realise the full impact of their decisions/ actions. Putting teens in adult prisons obviously does more harm then good and is doing little to reduce the crime rate of Juveniles.

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Samantha Weeks
8 years ago
I work with young people aged 12-17 years. My 17 year olds are not ready to join adults in prison.