YACVic does not support the introduction of statutory minimum sentences for gross violence, particularly in relation to young people aged 16 to 21 years.
The key reasons for this are:
- it undermines Victoria’s Dual Track system
- it does not take account of the age and developmental stages of adolescence and early adulthood
- it does not recognise the evidence that demonstrates children and young people respond well to rehabilitative and diversionary approaches
- there is little evidence to support this approach in terms of reducing recidivism
- it may disproportionally affect Aboriginal people
- it contravenes the Children, Youth and Families Act 2005; and
- it contravenes the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006 (Vic) and the Convention on the Rights of the Child.