The Sentencing Advisory Council has today released a report examining case outcomes for children held on remand in Victoria in 2017–18.
Key findings of the report:
- there were 442 children remanded for 660 cases in 2017–18
- those children spent nearly 29,000 days on remand, costing approximately $41 million
- two-thirds of remanded children's cases resulted in a non-custodial outcome (66%) and one-third resulted in a custodial sentence (34%)
The report raises a number of possible reforms that could reduce the number of children held on remand in Victoria, including expanding the specialised Children's Court to headquarter courts in rural and regional Victoria, developing specific programs to help reduce the number of Indigenous children held on remand, and implementing a 24-hour state-wide bail system specifically for children.
For more information, you can view the full report here.