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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: Week 5 Hansard (25 May) . . Page.. 2228..


(3) How long (a) have they been in there and (b) will continue to be there;

(4) Why are people over 18 years accommodated in Quamby and are they segregated from the other under age inmates;

(5) Does the Government consider it desirable to accommodate over 18 year olds in Quamby; if not, what does it propose to do about those currently there;

(6) If nothing will be done about moving existing 18 year old inmates to an adult facility, why not;

(7) Is it proposed to move any future 18 year olds at Quamby to an adult facility; if not, why not.

Ms Gallagher

: The answer to Mr Cornwell's question is:

(1) On 6 April 2004 there were three detainees within Quamby Youth Detention Centre who are over 18 years of age.

(2) The Crimes Act 1900 does not provide a distinction for (a) serious, and (b) non-serious crimes.

The maximum penalties for the crimes committed by the three 18 year old detainees are:

Residents over 18 years

Crime

Maximum prescribed penalty

Young person 1

Ride in vehicle without authority

5 years

Young person 2

Burglary

14 years

Young person 3

Assault, occasioning actual bodily harm

5 years

(3)

Residents over 18 years

(a) Time in Quamby

(b) Time remaining in Quamby

(not taking possible remissions into account)

Young person 1

145 days

150 days - 27 September 2004 release

Young person 2

251 days

233 days - 29 December 2004 release

Young person 3

211 days

60 days - 28 June 2004 release

(4) Sentencing provisions for young people are stipulated in the Children and Young People Act 1999.

Quamby has three accommodation units, male detainees aged 15 and above are housed in the 12 bed Ngunnawal Unit, female residents and males aged under 15 years are housed in the Murrumbidgee Unit with the remaining 6 bed Brindabella Unit used to accommodate any young person classified as special needs, in addition to new inductions to the centre.

(5) This issue is being examined as part of the current planning pertaining to redevelopment of the Quamby Youth Detention Centre. Currently, the issue of age is considered during placement and every effort is made to appropriately separate detainees within the accommodation units available.


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