Raise The Age: Disrupted Festival [Perth]
Tuesday October 26, 2021 - 6:00 PM
State Library of Western Australia
25 Francis Street
Perth, WA 6000
Free but bookings required
Clare Quirk & Luke Eastman
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About the Show
The age of criminal responsibility in Western Australia is 10 years. Meaning a 10-year-old can be convicted of a crime and incarcerated in a prison like Banksia Hills. The minimum age set by the United Nations is 14 years.
At this talk, you will hear why putting a 10 year old in prison is perhaps not a good idea.
The cost – around $500,000 a year to detain a young person in prison.
Many of those currently convicted demonstrate severe neurodevelopmental impairment.
Aboriginal young people are overrepresented.
However, if you raise the age of criminal responsibility to 12 or 14, what do you do with the young people who commit crimes? Where do they go? What are the alternatives to prison?
We have a great panel line up to examine this important topic, including the former head of the Children’s Court, a paediatrician, a representative from the Aboriginal Legal Service, and a mother of a child locked in solitary confinement for over 400 days.
FREE event, bookings recommended.