Stop Youth Crime

Eligibility - Queensland residents
Principal Petitioner:
Shane Knuth MP
Silo Central Shopping Centre
1 Silo Road
Total Signatures - 4,647
Sponsoring Member: Mr Shane Knuth MP
Posting Date: 12/2/2021
Closing Date: 17/3/2021
Tabled Date: 23/3/2021
Responded By: Hon Leanne Linard MP on 22/4/2021
TO: The Honourable the Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly of Queensland

Queensland citizens draws to the attention of the House that current laws dealing with youth crimes have failed all Queenslanders. In response to public concern, this petition seeks to address youth crime which has plagued North Queensland.

Your petitioners, therefore, request the House to urgently amend Youth Justice Laws to youth crime across Queensland, through the following actions:

1. Trial a third option for the courts, in the form of relocation sentencing, as a deterrent and to facilitate the rehabilitation of youth offenders.
2. Include a presumption against bail for youths charged with the unlawful use of a motor vehicle, in addition to the government announced, breaking and entering, serious sexual assault and armed robbery charges.
3. Amend legislation to re-introduce breach of bail as an offence for repeat youth offenders.
4. Ensure that courts are adequately resourced so that youth offenders are dealt in an expeditious manner, so that delay in judicial processes are not used as a reason for youth offenders to be granted bail.
5. Repeal Schedule 1, Youth Justice Act 2015, Charter of Youth Justice, Item 18 which provides that a child should be detained in custody for an offence, whether on arrest, remand or sentence, only as a last resort and for the least time that is justified in the circumstances.