This submission argues that creating a fairer justice system for young people is key to addressing overrepresentation of Aboriginal young people in youth justice centres.
KYC calls for a strong focus on the experiences and needs of Aboriginal young people in the Inquiry’s process of gathering evidence, deliberations and findings. The submission draws together the insights of Aboriginal young people and their communities to help the Inquiry understand the context of Aboriginal overrepresentation in the youth justice system, primary prevention, recidivism and support for the youth and justice sectors.
KYC believes that youth justice solutions begin in communities. Strong, supported Aboriginal communities create strong, supported Aboriginal young people. When young people are supported to be healthy, safe, capable and culturally strong, they are unlikely to make contact with the justice system. The justice system plays a key role in supporting communities and young people through justice reinvestment, consultation and rehabilitation.