Few people are as uniquely qualified to criticise the Northern Territory’s youth detention system as Dylan Voller, whose experiences at the Don Dale Youth Detention Centre helped spark a royal commission into the sector.
“There is a great rehab centre here in Alice Springs and at Loves Creek Station called BushMob,” Voller said.
“Why can’t we have more youth detainees from the juvenile centre to go there where they can work with horses, and learn to build, instead of sitting in a cell with no rehabilitation?”
Why cant we have more youth detainees from the juvenile center go to Bushmob? Josie Douglas & @manwiththemo respond #QandA pic.twitter.com/DmsZBvd4o6
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Charles Darwin University researcher Dr Josie Douglas responded, initially saying she didn’t know why young offenders were so often unable to first access rehabilitative services.
She did say the Territory’s history of punitive measures and focus on “tough love” played a role, and admitted that rehabilitative services also needed to play a role.
“Putting a kid in a steel cage like an animal, for having gone on a joy-ride with his big brother because he wasn’t game not to, seems to me to be eminently unfair and unjust.”
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