Fact Sheets - Smart Justice for Young People

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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.


Young people

Protective Services Officers

Fact Sheet: Protective Services Officers (pdf)

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

Fact Sheet: Your Rights on the Street (pdf)

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

Fact Sheet: Your Rights on Arrest (pdf)

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.


Everyone else

Myths and Facts of Youth Offending

Infographic: Myths and Facts of Youth Offending (pdf)

Briefing: Young Offending - Know the Facts (web)

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.

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Minimum Mandatory Sentences for Young People

Fact Sheet: Minimum Mandatory Sentences for Young People (pdf)

This fact sheet explains why minimum mandatory sentencing in Victoria should be avoided and proposes a number of smarter alternatives.

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Youth Diversion

Fact Sheet: Youth Diversion (pdf)

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.

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