Don Weatherburn, the director of the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research, said the Young Offenders Act 1997 needed to be overhauled with a huge cultural shift away from a ”hands-off attitude”.

”We now know that youth justice conferencing doesn’t work to reduce reoffending, which was the centrepiece of the state government’s response to juvenile crime,” he said.

”It’s naive to imagine that a young offender after years of involvement in crime will experience an epiphany and suddenly become law-abiding. We have to stop looking for miracle cures and start being hard-headed.”

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