Australians urged to ditch ‘tough on crime’ mindset for youth justice as it does not work

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As Queensland cracks down on young offenders, experts fear ill-informed public sentiment is influencing policy

The head of the Queensland Family and Child Commission says he is “deeply concerned” at public sentiment calling for more punitive responses to youth crime in the face of clear evidence that “tough” approaches don’t work.

Luke Twyford, the QFCC’s principal commissioner, told Guardian Australia that the government and community needed to be “smart against crime, not tough on crime”.

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