NSW petition to raise the age gets 63,000 signatures

Public Interest Advocacy Centre CEO Jonathon Hunyor said locking up children fails our community.

“The verdict from medical, legal and child development experts is clear: criminalising children causes lifelong harm,” he said.

In March, a NSW budget estimates hearing revealed 293 children aged between 11 and 13 had spent time in custody in 2021. More than half of these children were Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander.

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