Juveniles in Detention
There are nine juvenile justice centres in NSW. Eight are run by the Department
of Juvenile Justice.
In November 2004, management of the ninth centre, Kariong
Juvenile Justice Centre for serious male offenders over 16 years of age,
was transferred from the Department of Juvenile Justice to the Department
of Corrective Services, which is responsible for adult correctional centres.
In December 2004, it was renamed the Kariong Juvenile Correctional Centre
and became a
medium security facility. As at June 2005, Kariong held 11 people on remand
and 28 sentenced offenders. There is no segregation of juveniles on remand
and sentenced juveniles in Kariong.
In July 2005 the NSW
Select Committee on Juvenile Offenders recommended that
the NSW government consider returning the management of Kariong to the Department
of Juvenile Justice (recommendation #24). The NSW
government rejected this recommendation of the Committee.
human rights standards
The UN has adopted two statements on the treatment of juveniles in detention:
The Australasian Juvenile Justice Administrators have released the Standards
for Juvenile Custodial Facilities (April 1999), which are based on the
two sets of UN rules for juveniles.
There are other important UN documents relating to juvenile in detention: