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Election notes: 17-year-olds in adult prisons

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Currently 17-year-olds are treated and sentenced as adults in the Queensland criminal justice system. This means that they are dealt with in adult courts and imprisoned in adult jails. Queensland is the only state to treat 17-year-olds as adults in the criminal justice system. The Queensland Synod of the Uniting Church has consistently spoken against this practice; including a resolution ...

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