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Youths in custody: aspirations and strategies for the future

Date posted: 18 November 2013

Young people in custody share many of the hopes and aspirations of young people in the wider community, and many understand what is stopping them achieving their goals. This is one of the key findings to emerge from an interview study, conducted by the New South Wales (NSW) Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research, of young people held in juvenile justice centres across NSW.

The aim of the study was to examine the extent to which young people in custody:

Commenting on the findings, the director of the Bureau, Dr Don Weatherburn said, 'These findings conflict with the popular stereotype of young offenders as indifferent to the long-term consequences of their actions. They also underscore the importance of programs which seek to encourage young people to adopt a normal, lawful life in the general community.'

Source: NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research

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Dr Don Weatherburn
Director
NSW Bureau of Criminal Statistics and Research
Ph: (02)  9231 9190

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Last updated: 11 November 2013
 
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