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Australia Qld youth offenders to be fitted with GPS

03:56  09 february  2021
03:56  09 february  2021 Source:   aap.com.au

Townsville teens' road rampage leaves police officer with spinal injuries amid 'astounding' spike in car thefts

  Townsville teens' road rampage leaves police officer with spinal injuries amid 'astounding' spike in car thefts A group of youths who allegedly tried to ram police vehicles in a stolen four-wheel-drive during an hours-long road rampage in Townsville are taken into custody. It comes as Queensland's rate of vehicle theft jumps by nearly 50 per cent in the past four years.A group of youths who allegedly tried to ram police vehicles in a stolen four-wheel-drive during an hours-long road rampage in Townsville have been taken into custody.

Offenders who are put under house arrest or parole are generally issued tracking bracelets that use radio signals to communicate with a unit in a fixed location, usually inside the offender ’s home. If the person wearing the tracker does not come back in time for curfew, or is not in their home when they are supposed to be , a signal will fail to send to the unit, and PC Mike Ellis told the Oxford Mail: “The youth offending services do all they can to stop a defendant from going into custody, which means they use a lot of time and resources to make sure they are doing what they are supposed to be doing.”

Sixteen sex offenders in WA have been fitted with GPS devices on their ankles under court orders as a condi The new laws came into effect in February to allow GPS tracking of sex offenders classified under the Dangerous Sex Offenders Act. Corrective Services Minister Joe Francis said the technology sent the offender 's location to the monitoring centre and an alarm would be activated if the offender entered an "exclusion zone" or tried to tamper with the device, allowing monitoring staff to alert police if necessary.

Repeat youth offenders in Queensland will be fitted with GPS trackers and there will be presumption against bail for those charged with serious offences.

Queensland has appointed a former police anti-terror commander to lead a new youth crime taskforce. © EPA PHOTO Queensland has appointed a former police anti-terror commander to lead a new youth crime taskforce.

The state government's law and order crackdown comes after a series of road deaths involving young offenders, including a Brisbane couple and their unborn baby boy and a female motorcyclist in Townsville.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the changes target about 400 repeat offenders who are responsible for almost half of all the state's youth crime.

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Next week, judges will begin a first-of-its-kind pilot program in the state of Florida, tracking domestic violence offenders with GPS .

A young offender is a young person who has been convicted or cautioned for a criminal offense. Criminal justice systems often deal with young offenders differently from adult offenders

"They will feel the full force of the law when it comes to our changes on bail," she told reporters.

Former police anti-terrorism commander Assistant Commissioner Cheryl Scanlon will oversee the plan.

Seven legislative changes, including use of GPS trackers, will be passed by the government later this month.

The changes will allow judges to order that recidivist offenders aged 16 and 17 be fitted with GPS trackers as a condition of bail.

"It's not the panacea, but it is one tool that we don't have right now," Assistant Commissioner Scanlon said.

"We have seen it used in other places and that's what the trial is all about."

Judges will also have a presumption against bail for offenders who commit serious indictable offences such as breaking and entering, sexual assault and armed robbery while on bail.

Broaden debate on youth crime: Qld govt

  Broaden debate on youth crime: Qld govt The Queensland government wants a national conversation about youth crime, which statistics show involves a higher proportion of indigenous people.There have been calls for a youth crime crackdown after a Brisbane couple and their unborn baby boy were killed when a teenager allegedly crashed a suspected stolen car last week.

Sex offenders could be tracked by GPS devices fitted inside their tags if government proposals get the go-ahead. Ministers have launched a consultation on the use of the satellite tracking technology to monitor and control the movements of offenders . It could set up "exclusion zones" alerting the authorities if an offender was near a Since April, a new electronic monitoring contract has been in place which would allow for GPS capability to be included in a tag. The government consultation seeks views on how the technology could be used - and which types of offenders should be affected.

Like many states, California allows youth offenders as young as 14 to be transferred from the juvenile system to adult courts. From there, most of the teenagers who are tried as adults and sentenced to life in adult institutions are placed in Level 4 maximum-security prisons that are extremely violent. Young prisoners are more susceptible to negative influences than adults. Facing the reality of their lengthy sentence and potentially never going home makes them seek protection and try to fit in somewhere in their new world.

Parents and guardians will have to provide assurances in court that bail conditions will be met before young offenders are released.

Youth justice laws will be amended to ensure they note that the community must be protected from recidivist offenders and that offending on bail is an aggravating circumstance for sentencing purposes.

Anti-hooning laws will make the vehicle owners responsible for crimes, unless their vehicle is stolen or if they can identify another driver.

Gold Coast police will be given metal detector wands to search youths for knives and a parliamentary inquiry will examine the use of remote engine immobilisers for vehicles.

Ms Palaszczuk said former police commissioner Bob Atkinson will also evaluate the plan after six months.

"Now it's not going to happen overnight, let me be very clear about that, it is going to take time," she said.

The issue has become highly charged following the deaths of pedestrians Kate Leadbetter, who was pregnant, and her partner Matt Field when they were struck by an allegedly stolen car driven by a teenager in Alexandra Hills on January 26.

Calls for reform increased with the death of 22-year-old motorcyclist Jennifer Board at Thuringowa on Friday night.

She was hit by a Holden Statesman, which had allegedly been following a stolen Hyundai sedan during a suspected vigilante pursuit.

A 25-year-old Bushland Beach man who was allegedly driving the Holden was charged with murder.

Two 18-year-old men, from Rasmussen and Garbutt, were also charged with theft after the fatal crash.

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