Youth Justice Centre riot review should be public
Written on the 1 March 2016
Youth Justice Centre riot review should be public, says oppositionby AAL | 08 Mar 2016
Six teenage boys were involved in a youth justice centre riot yesterday, resulting in a seven-hour stand-off with police which eventually ended when the youths surrendered last night.The youths were on top of the facility in Melbourne, armed with poles, and it's claimed they damaged parts of the building's roof.
Now, the Victorian Opposition has called for a review of the riot to be made public.
The review into the first incident by the Department of Human Services was not made public because of security concerns, the ABC reported.
"The Minister cited security concerns for that review not to be released publicly despite the fact that the review into the Melbourne Remand Centre riot . . . was released publicly," Crozier said."I think we need to understand what is going on, why justice is out of control under Labor."
It's not known what sparked the incident but Crozier said she believes it to be linked to an incident on Sunday.
Director of secure services at the centre Ian Lanyon denied he had lost control of the facility.
"The safety of the community, the staff and the clients is of paramount importance to us," he said.
"The reality is in these environments we are dealing with some of the most complex and challenging clients in the state and they're here for this very reason and that's why they're contained within these environments unfortunately."
Victorian Government orders review into Melbourne Juvenile Justice Centre protestUpdated Tue at 11:48am Tue 8 Mar 2016
Six youths were involved in a seven-hour protest on the roof of the facility. (The Age: Jesse Marlow)The Victorian Government has ordered an independent review into what the Opposition called a "dangerous and destructive" seven-hour stand-off at the Melbourne Juvenile Justice Centre.
Opposition's Families and Children spokeswoman Georgie Crozier said it was the second disturbance at the centre in the last six months."The Government needs to act . . . because the destructive and dangerous nature of these riots is simply not acceptable," she said.
The review by the Department of Human Services into the first riot at the youth justice centre was not made public because of security concerns."The Minister cited security concerns for that review not to be released publicly despite the fact that the review into the Melbourne Remand Centre riot ... was released publicly," she said.
"I think we need to understand what is going on, why justice is out of control under Labor."
TEENS INVOLVED MAY BE CHARGEDMs Crozier said she did not know what sparked the most recent unrest at the youth justice centre but believed it was linked to an incident on Sunday.
"I believe there was mayhem on Sunday with some issue of those clients in Parkville breaking into the horticulture centre and getting a number of tools, using those as weapons," she said."These are very serious situations, putting the community, putting other clients at risk, putting the workers in the facility at risk."
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