The Ombudsman has blown the whistle on the Andrews Labor Government’s use of solitary confinement in Victoria’s youth justice centres.
The report has found there were 13,653 reported lockdowns at Malmsbury in 12 months and that 40% of these lockdowns were attributed to staff shortages.
At Malmsbury, youth detainees were placed into solitary confinement 1,214 times for behavioural reasons in just 12 months.
For five years Daniel Andrews has ignored the chaos in Victoria’s youth justice system.
Every time inmates are in lockdown it increases tension in the facility and increases the risk of staff being assaulted.
In Victoria’s youth justice centres assaults are up, reported incidents are up, but still Daniel Andrews ignores these serious and potentially deadly issues.
Daniel Andrews’ Youth Justice Minister, Jenny Mikakos, said in Parliament in March 2017:
“Isolation is used to de-escalate heightened behaviour and prevent a young person from harming them self, others or the facility, but it should not be overused and should only be used as a last resort.”
This report however makes it clear that under Daniel Andrews and Labor, young offenders are routinely being placed into solitary confinement because of the staff shortage, and ongoing chaos in Victoria’s youth justice centres.
Brad Battin Shadow Minister for Youth Justice