Young people aged 14 – 21 years, all with a lived experience of South Australia’s youth justice system, have recommended eight key changes to significantly improve the system from their point of view. The recommendations form part of Making Change in Youth Justice – A User’s Guide to building a better South Australian youth justice system, launched today by South Australia’s Commissioner for Children and Young People, Helen Connolly. They include addressing cell hygiene, reducing court waiting times, supplying easy to understand information about the people and procedures young people will face, and arrangement of the courtroom to be less intimidating. They say implementing these changes would go a long way to achieving better outcomes for young people in the State’s Youth Justice system.
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