The fact sheets produced by Smart Justice for Young People are aimed at two groups. Some are targeted at young people, with the aim of informing them of their rights and providing simple explanations of the ways current laws may affect them. Other fact sheets are tailored to policymakers, media, researchers and those with a professional interest in Smart Justice for Young People.
Protective Services Officers
This fact sheet contains information on young people’s rights when talking to PSOs, being searched by PSOs and when being asked to 'move on' by PSOs.
Your Rights on the Street
It's important that young people respect the rules and laws that govern our streets, but it's also important that they receive respect in return. This fact sheet contains information on young people's rights when talking to police, being searched by police, and being asked to 'move on' by police.
Your Rights on Arrest
Being arrested can be an overwhelming experience, particularly for young people. It’s important that young people are aware of their rights and how best to respond in such a situation to avoid negative outcomes.
Key questions covered in this fact sheet include:
- When is someone under arrest?
- What happens if you refuse arrest?
- Do the police have a right to use force against you?
- What do you have to tell the police?
- Do the police have a right to take your fingerprints and photograph you?
This fact sheet also provides valuable advice on what to do if you feel that you have been mistreated in the process of arrest.
Myths and Facts of Youth Offending
Myths of youth offending are widespread and mostly unfounded. Media reports often claim Victoria is experiencing a wave of youth crime, prompting calls for tougher penalties and higher numbers of police on our streets. But are we getting the full story when it comes to youth offending?
SJ4YP members YACVic in collaboration with The Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare prepared this info sheet that lays out the facts in the the youth justice conversation. You can also download and print out the infographic factsheet for reference too.
- ABS, 4519.0 - Recorded Crime - Offenders, 2016-17, Young Offenders
- Crime Statistics Agency, Youth Crime
- Youth Detention population in Australia 2017
Minimum Mandatory Sentences for Young People
This fact sheet explains why minimum mandatory sentencing in Victoria should be avoided and proposes a number of smarter alternatives.
- Youthlaw Submission to the Sentencing Advisory Council (Victoria), July 2011.
- Sentencing Advisory Council (Victoria) report 'Statutory Minimum Sentences for Gross Violence Offences', April 2011.
Diversion improves community safety, tackles the causes of crime, offers an alternative to the criminal justice system and saves public spending on crime and law enforcement.