Juvenile offenders

WA's top cop wants to lock up kids - most of them Aboriginal kids

Gerry Georgatos
WA's top cop, police commissioner Karl O'Callaghan said the courts need to lock up repeat juvenile offenders sooner rather than later. He claims this will reduce home invasions while scoring the children an earlier shot at rehabilitation.

He has previously said that more than half (63%) of these offenders are Aboriginal youth. WA has the highest incarceration of Aboriginal youth in the country, both in terms of total numbers and in proportion to population.