Bail and remand for young people in Australia: A national research project. AIC reports. Public policy series 125
Kelly Richards and Lauren Renshaw
Australian Institute of Criminology
For more than a decade, there has been significant interest in the extent to which young people have been remanded in custody in Australia, with the perception that the numbers experiencing remand are increasing?particularly in light of the steady increase since 1981 in the proportion of young people in detention on remand.
Funded and endorsed by the Australasian Juvenile Justice Administrators, this is one of the first pieces of research conducted on a national scale into the bail and remand practices for young people in Australia. A young person can be placed in custody on remand (ie refused bail) after being arrested by police in relation to a suspected criminal offence, before entering a plea, while awaiting trial, during trial or awaiting sentence.
Having assessed the nature of the use of remand and its drivers, the authors highlight the need for renewed debate on the purpose(s) of bail, the importance of implementing evidence-based policies and programs that prevent the onset of offending by young people, and the implementation and evaluation of appropriately targeted bail support services for young people, particularly those with multiple, complex needs.