Overview

The youth justice system is the set of processes and practices for managing children and young people who have committed, or allegedly committed, an offence. In Australia, it deals primarily with young people aged 10–17 at the time of the offence, although there are some variations among the states and territories. A major component of the system is the supervision of young people in the community or in detention.

More reports and statistics on youth justice can be found under Children & youth and Prisoners.

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Individual periods of supervision that were completed during 2020–21 lasted for a median of 124 days (about 4 months)

The number of young people under supervision on an average day fell by 12% between 2016–17 and 2020–21

The Indigenous supervision rate for young people aged 10–17 was 16 times the non-Indigenous supervision rate in 2020–21

On an average night in the June quarter 2021, 819 young people were in detention

Half (50%) of all young people in detention on an average night in the June quarter 2021 were Indigenous

Most (83%) young people in detention were aged 10–17, the remainder (17%) were aged 18 and older

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