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Take 17yos out of Queensland's adult prisons

Several of our members, including the Youth Advocacy Centre, South West Brisbane Community Legal Centre and YFS Legal (Logan) are specialist community legal centres that deliver services to young people in the youth justice system, and with other legal problems.

While only 1.84% of community legal centres' clients are under 18, many of these young people are exposed to the justice system, and we believe it is unacceptable to place a 17 year old in an adult prison with seasoned criminals.

That's why we welcome the Youth Justice and Other Legislation (Inclusion of 17-year-old Persons) Amendment Bill 2016. We congratulate the Queensland Government on progressing a 30 year old issue to actual legislative amendment, and support this important reform.

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Youth Justice and Other Legislation (Inclusion of 17-year-old Persons) Amendment Bill 2016