Yesterday we were proud to lead 26 other organisations as we stood together and called on the Government to raise the age of youth justice. The sector has spoken. Now it's up to the Government to listen. Click on the picture below to read the media release in full.
Today you can read our brand new factsheetco authored with Dr Nessa Lynch of Victoria University. 'Including 17 year olds in the youth justice system - the facts'.
Tomorrow evening in Wellington you too can be challenged, informed and have your say on the age of youth justice in Aotearoa New Zealand. Join us at 6.30pm at the Whitireia Performance Centre for a performance and panel discussion on raising the age. There is no need to book and koha is appreciated. For those of you not in Wellington a performance has been recorded and we will work to make that available for you.
JustUs is the story of two brothers aged 16 and 17 who commit an offence together. In our current justice system you are classed as an adult from your 17th birthday. This means that while the 16- year-old goes through the youth justice system, his 17-year-old brother goes through the adult District Court. This play looks at what it really means to put a child through the adult criminal justice system, using live theatre, film and authentic verbatim stories.
Creativity in the Community students hope their production will create more awareness of what young people experience in both the youth and adult New Zealand justice systems, and encourage public engagement on the decision about whether to include 17-year-olds in the youth justice system.