Youth detention under review(s)
On 2 October 2014 CLANT, together with 11 other signatories, issued this statement calling for urgent action from the Northern Territory Government to improve youth detention facilities and commission a purpose-built youth detention facility.
Also on 2 October 2014, NT Attorney-General John Elferink announced an “independent review into the youth justice system“. Notwithstanding this, the following day Northern Territory Children’s Commissioner Dr Howard Bath announced that he would conduct a “comprehensive independent inquiry into the operation of youth detention facilities”.
CLANT welcomes both these initiatives, and will watch their progress with keen interest.