The youth justice system is the set of processes and practices for managing children and young people who have committed, or allegedly committed, an offence. In Australia, it deals primarily with young people aged 10–17 at the time of the offence, although there are some variations among the states and territories. A major component of the system is the supervision of young people in the community or in detention.
young people (or 21 per 10,000) aged 10–17 were under youth justice supervision in Australia on an average day in 2015–16
young people under supervision on an average day were male (82%)
was the average amount of time spent under supervision during 2015–16
of young people under supervision on an average day were supervised in the community, with the remainder in detention
young people under supervision on an average day were Indigenous (46%)
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