- Young offenders in Pilbara to be given more bail options
A new service aiming to keep young people out of detention was today launched in the Pilbara and will be operated by Drug ARM on behalf of the Department of Corrective Services.
Drug ARM has been providing supported accommodation, youth services and alcohol and other drug programs to at risk youth for more than 25 years and will run the Youth Bail Options Program from their Royalties for Regions-funded facility in South Hedland.
The Youth Bail Options Program will provide safe, caring and supervised accommodation in an environment that encourages pro-social behaviour. School-based activities will be provided in partnership with the Youth Involvement Council.
The program will assist the courts by providing diversionary options for young people with bail who do not have immediate access to a responsible person or an environment that is conducive to their wellbeing.
The Department of Corrective Services’ Youth Justice teams work closely with the service providers on placement and bail issues and provide case support while young people are in residence.
Corrective Services Minister Murray Cowper said the services would complement Regional Youth Justice Services, a Department of Corrective Services initiative which operated throughout the State to divert young people away from a life of crime.
“Together these services aim to reduce the number of young people unnecessarily placed on remand in Perth or held in the local police lock-up, by helping locate a responsible adult or supervised accommodation, after being granted bail by the police or the court,” Mr Cowper said.
Regional Development Minister Brendon Grylls said $43.86million of State Government Royalties for Regions funding had been dedicated to extending Regional Youth Justice Services in the West Kimberley, East Kimberley and Pilbara regions, building on the success of similar services in the Mid-West, Gascoyne and Goldfields.
“The Youth Justice Strategy Expansion is having considerable success, resulting in well-serviced and strengthened communities in regional Western Australia and the Youth Bail Options Program is just one of this initiative’s many important components,” Mr Grylls said.
“It is important the Youth Bail Options Program has a stable and secure base from which to operate so a further $1.2million in Royalties for Regions funding has been provided to Drug ARM to enable them to purchase the South Hedland property.”
- Youth Bail Options Program (YBOP) provides assistance for young people with bail who are not immediately able to contact a responsible adult, or be in an environment that is conducive to their wellbeing
- Youth Justice Services are widely regarded by criminal justice experts as the most effective, and over the long term, the least expensive way of minimising young people offending in the community
- The Youth Justice Service program is located in the Perth metropolitan area, Kalgoorlie-Boulder, Kununurra, Broome, Geraldton and now South Hedland
- The State Government’s Royalties for Regions Program is administered by the Department of Regional Development and Lands
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