Children belong in school, in their communities and with their families. However, in Australia, children as young as 10 are being locked up and labelled criminals. Plus, First Nations children, who make up less than 5% of the population, make up more than 60% of the juvenile prison population.
This is a national and international disgrace.
Rather than keeping our children safe and supported and allowing them to learn, grow and thrive, our laws see them being removed from their families and forced into the criminal justice system. Not only is this a bad outcome for the child and their family, it’s also a bad outcome for the community with some children never escaping the vicious cycle of incarceration.
Let's raise the age of criminal responsibility from 10 to 14, so we can keep kids in the community and out of jail.
We, the undersigned residents of South Australia, call on the South Australian Parliament to change the law to raise the age of criminal responsibility to 14.